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Ministers’ Private Offices

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure his private office incurred on (a) entertainment, (b) travel and (c) overnight subsistence in each of the last five years. (317766)

The expenditure incurred on entertainment, travel and overnight subsistence in Private Office for the last two financial years is as follows. Information relating to years before this is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

2008-09

Entertainment: £2,719

Travel: £111,269

Overnight subsistence: £5,192

2009-10 (to February)

Entertainment: £727

Travel: £46,260

Overnight subsistence: £13,570

The term ‘entertainment’ encompasses working lunches, tea and coffees and sandwiches for all meetings attended by outside stakeholders.