HC Deb 31 March 1994 vol 240 c938W

Mr. Boyes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total cost of official entertaining in his Department in each year since 1990–91; if he will list the receptions held in each year at his Department's expense; and what was the cost of each reception.

Mr. Howard

The cost of official entertaining in the years from 1 April 1990 is included in the running cost expenditure for my Department which is published each year in the annual report; figures for 1993–94 are not yet available. The entertainment budget is used for a variety of functions including receptions. Separate figures are not kept for individual functions.