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Northern Ireland Office: Entertainment

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 5 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the Northern Ireland Office has spent each year since 1997 on entertainment. [HL1262]

Expenditure relating to entertainment is held as part of the Northern Ireland Office's hospitality budgets. A wide range of external organisations use the facilities at Hillsborough Castle for a variety of events; these organisations are then charged for the services they receive.

The following table shows how much the Northern Ireland Office (excluding its agencies and NDPBs) spent on hospitality in each financial year since 1997.

Year

Expenditure

1997-98

£214,473

1998-99

£322,853

1999-00

£320,230

2000-01

£246,517

2001-02

£221,477

2002-03

£300,430

2003-04

£252,158

2004-05

£193,450

2005-06

£210,772

2006-07

£262,633