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Government Office for the East of England: Expenditure

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 634W, on Government Offices for the Regions: procurement, how much the Government Office for the East of England paid to (a) Butterfly Hotels Ltd., (b) Five Lakes Hotel, (c) Hilton Hotel and (d) Jolly Hotel; on what dates; for what purpose; and how many civil servants used the facilities in each case. (319130)

GO-East spent the following amounts in delivery of regional Government business:

Butterfly Hotels Ltd.: £1,070.69

30 April 2008

Two meetings were held at this venue. The European Programmes Strategy Group held its regular meeting to oversee and scrutinise the region's use of European programme funding for 2007-13. The East of England Structural Fund Strategic Group reviewed delivery of the 2000-6 European Social Fund programme. 33 people attended the two meetings, including European Commission officials, national and regional Government officials and co-financing organisations from local authorities.

Eight civil servants: three from GO-East, two from CLG, two from DWP, one from BERR (now BIS).

Five Lakes Hotel: £538.91

13 March 2009

Regional partners met to review the Coastal Initiative's priorities, and to visit Abbots Hall Farm—a site of particular importance for coastal management. The initiative is a national exemplar which brings together Government Departments, regional expertise and local authority representatives to address issues faced by the coast. The event brought together 16 regional and local authority partners.

Three civil servants.

Hilton Hotel: £3733.13

25-26 March 2009

The meeting looked at how GO-East will deliver housing and transport targets in the region, while protecting the environment and delivering carbon reduction. It looked particularly at the challenges in Hertfordshire, and involved discussions with local partners from the county council to agree how best to work together.

27 civil servants, four local authority colleagues.

Jolly Hotel: £560.87

13 February 2009

The meeting brought together Government Office Network officials from across the country to agree how we can most effectively deliver our role for the Department for Transport and for the communities we represent in each region. The event included looking at best practice examples of effective delivery in Cambridgeshire.

10 civil servants.