The information is as follows:
The Department does not currently keep a separate record of expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes. Such expenditure is included within the hospitality account. Expenditure on alcohol and entertaining is based on the principles set out in Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity, Propriety and Value for Money. Accordingly, alcohol is provided only as an exception and then only with the specific written authority of a small number of designated Senior Civil Servants.
Departmental expenditure on hospitality to the end of the financial year 2008-09 was £82,362. This is broken down as follows:
£ Jobcentre Plus 6,970 Pensions, Disability and Carers Service 11,509 Corporate 63,883 Total 82,362
Pensions, Disability and Carers Service
The 2008-09 published accounts show expenditure on hospitality as £116,652. This figure includes expenditure incurred by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (£5,691) and the Health and Safety Executive (£28,599) which are non-Departmental Public Bodies.