§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the amount of entertainment expenses allowances paid per month to Miss Rhona Ritchie, former first secretary at the British embassy in Tel Aviv; whether such expenses are tax-free; how, and in what way, accounts were rendered; and whether she was in any way restricted in the use of such money.
§ Mr. Hurd
Miss Ritchie's entertainment allowance ceiling from July 1981 when she took up her duties in the embassy, to March 1982, when she left Tel Aviv, was £842.10. As required by Diplomatic Service regulations, certificates of expenditure supported by guest lists were submitted quarterly to the head of chancery for scrutiny and she was refunded a total of £751.93. This refund of her actual expenditure was tax free.