To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions each of the 19 official service residences was used in 2007-08 to entertain (a) members of the Royal Family, (b) ministers, (c) other politicians, (d) senior representatives of the private sector, and (e) officially listed overseas representatives; and who were the guests on each occasion. [HL1021]
The information requested is not held centrally.
The process of prior authorising and reimbursing the cost of official entertainment is undertaken through the completion of forms submitted to the local finance staff. To identify how many occasions and the associated guests attending could be obtained only through a manual search of these records, which could be provided only at disproportionate cost.