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Departmental Conferences

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside her Department's building attended by civil servants in her Department there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. (307522)

The information requested is not held centrally and therefore is available only at disproportionate cost.

All Cabinet Office expenditure on away days is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in "Managing Public Money" and the Treasury handbook on "Regularity & Propriety".

The Cabinet Office does not have a specific financial policy on the attending of conferences. The budget for such expenditure is delegated to Heads of Groups/Management Units. As with awayday spend any expenditure on conferences is also based on principles set out in "Managing Public Money" and the Treasury handbook on "Regularity and Propriety".