HC Deb 31 March 1994 vol 240 cc958-9W
Mr. Boyes

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

Sir John Wheeler

The total cost of official entertainment in the years since 1990–91 is included in the running cost expenditure for the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments which is published every year in the departmental annual report, a copy of which is held in the Library. The entertainment budget is used for a variety of functions including receptions. Separate figures are not kept for individual functions.