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Departmental Official Hospitality

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) alcohol and (ii) entertainment in the last 12 months. (305528)

The information is as follows:

Alcohol

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.

Entertainment

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

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.