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House of Commons Hansard
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Departmental Official Hospitality
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by his Department were in the last three years; and what (a) the cost and (b) purpose of each was. [324660]

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The following were the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by the Scotland Office in the last three years:

Cost (£)

Event

Purpose

Secretary of State's reception for Trooping the Colour, 2008

To enable Scotland Office Ministers and Scottish MPs to engage with a wide range of Scottish stakeholders

6,477

Secretary of State's reception for Trooping the Colour, 2009

To enable Scotland Office Ministers and Scottish MPs to engage with a wide range of Scottish stakeholders

6,311

Reception for media attending the G20 summit of world leaders, 2009

To promote Scotland to the international media attending the G20 summit

5,065

Secretary of State's reception for Trooping the Colour, 2007

To enable Scotland Office Ministers and Scottish MPs to engage with a wide range of Scottish stakeholders

4,605

Lunch for the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2009

To enable the Moderator to meet with Scottish MPs, Peers and lobby correspondents

4,123

All expenditure was incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.