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Care Quality Commission: Political Activities

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2009, Official Report, column 1268W, on party conferences, how much the Care Quality Commission spent sending representatives to attend each of the party political conferences in 2009; and whether the Care Quality Commission obtained prior permission from the Cabinet Office to attend. (298713)

As required by Cabinet Office guidance, the Care Quality Commission gained approval from the Department of Health to attend the three main party conferences. This approval was obtained from the Department of Health prior to attendance at these conferences.

The amounts spent were as follows:

£

Liberal Democrat party conference

Labour party conference

Conservative party conference

Travel costs

247

398

1,274

Pass costs

840

2,138

3,035

Accommodation costs

720

7,470

4,056

Total

1,807

10,006

8,365

Note:

All amounts have been rounded off to the nearest pound.