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Government Office for the South East: 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 South East spent on (a) the County Club, (b) Devere Venues, (c) Mandolay Hotel and (d) Angel Posting House and Livery; and (i) on what dates and (ii) for what purpose each of those venues was used. (319328)

The amounts spent on the above named venues in 2008-09 are set out in my response to PQ 319132. The purposes for using these venues are provided in the following list. GOSE premises were being refurbished between September 2008 and March 2009 which meant that a number of meetings that would normally have been held in-house were held in external locations.

County Club

A number of Regional Resilience meetings with local resilience partners, and overseas emergency planners—9 October, 21 November, 5 December all 2008 and 7 January, 18 January, and 6 March all 2009.

Government office senior management team meeting— 30 September 2008

Housing and planning meeting—16 October 2008

Government office directorate restructuring planning meeting— 11 November 2008

Substance misuse partnership meeting—2 December 2008

Sustainable food and farming strategy partnership meeting— 19 March 2009

Government office directorate meeting—25 March 2009.

Devere Venues

Accommodation costs for GOSE staff supporting the full Cabinet Meeting in Southampton—23 February 2009

Mandolay Hotel

A partnership meeting to discuss Young Peoples Substance Misuse—25 September 2008

A seminar for the South East Analysts network to look at and consider regional crime statistics—25 September 2008

Two meetings of the regional forum for the Drug Intervention Programme—24 October 2008 and 21 January 2009

A meeting to discuss the Civil Service South East agenda— 28 November

A meeting of the South East Regional (drugs) Availability Group attended by representatives of the police and partners from local authorities—16 January 2009

A business planning meeting to agree future priorities for GOSE's work on community cohesion and empowerment and on support to the third sector—12 February 2009

A Regional Resilience seminar with local emergency planners— 29 April 2009

GOSE non-executive director overnight accommodation, prior to GOSE Audit Committee and Board Meetings—15 April, 17 June, 24 September, 15 October all 2008

The Angel Posting House and Livery

European Social Fund Regional Committee—26 February 2009