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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 522W, on departmental expenditure, on what dates conference facilities at City Inn were hired by his Department; and for what reason rooms in his Department’s building in Marsham Street were not used in each case. (308283)

The previous answer given on 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 522W, stated, in error, that rooms were hired on four occasions.

The Department has made payments totalling £4,449 to City Inn, Westminster for the hire of conference facilities on three occasions: 2 April 2008; 8 April 2008; and 8 September 2008.

At the time of two of these meetings, the meeting rooms and conference facilities in Marsham Street were already booked. Conference facilities were not suitable at Marsham Street for the third meeting because of the large number of conference delegates.

All Home Office expenditure conforms to the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money, and any other guidance as applicable contained within Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.