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.
The amounts spent by the Department for Transport (central) and its agencies in the last 12 months.
(i) Cards (it) Parties (iii) Decorations (a) Central Department 1,395 0 1,052 (b) Executive Agencies 2,993 0 1,147
(a) Central Department
(b) Executive Agencies