§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will give for the latest convenient stated date the total expenditure on Government hospitality; how this compares with the previous year; what would be the savings per year if such expenditure ceased; and whether, in view of the Government's policy of cuts to public expenditure, he will take action to end this expenditure.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
The expenditure from the Government Hospitality 245W Fund for the last four financial years has been:
£ 1972–73 … … … 252,478 1973–74 … … … 262,061 1974–75 … … … 243,537 1975–76 … … … 285,209
As I said in reply to another Question from my hon. Friend on 19th July—[Vol. 915, c. 330]—the expenditure involved is modest by comparison with the good will generated among distinguished visitors from overseas; Her Majesty's Government have, therefore, no intention of bringing to an end this necessary courtesy, and its related expenditure.