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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department and its agencies (a) the then Secretary of State, (b) officials of his Department and (c) officials of its agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2008; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement. [295456]

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The then Secretary of State for Transport only attended two Christmas functions that were arranged by the central Department (none by agencies). Details as follows:

He hosted Christmas drinks for journalists on 16 December 2008 at a cost of £645.82.

He also attended the Private Office Christmas party on 17 December. There was no cost to the public purse.

No official funds were used for internal departmental Christmas parties/functions attended by officials of the Department in 2008. The information on the number of Christmas functions attend by officials is not held centrally, therefore could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Department for Transport's expenditure and acceptance of hospitality is conducted in accordance with the principals of Government Accounting and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on Christmas (i) cards, (ii) parties and (iii) decorations in the last 12 months. [299262]

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The amounts spent by the Department for Transport (central) and its agencies in the last 12 months.

£ (including VAT)

(i) Cards

(it) Parties

(iii) Decorations

(a) Central Department

1,395

0

1,052

(b) Executive Agencies

2,993

0

1,147