HC Deb 14 December 1995 vol 268 c748W
Mr. Tony Banks

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has spent on official hospitality in the financial year to date; and what is the 1995–96 projected budget for official hospitality. [5585]

Mr. Willetts

Expenditure on official hospitality by the Cabinet Office, including the Office of Public Service, and its executive agencies, excluding HMSO—for the period I April 1995 to the end of November is £30,100. Expenditure by HMSO, which has a different accounting year, is £33,900. for the period 1 January to the end of November.

The projected budget for official hospitality in the full financial year 1995–96 is £41,200. This excludes HMSO and COI. The latter does not separately identify hospitality within its budgeting system. as it is included as part of its overall budget for marketing and client relations. HMSO's projected budget for its financial year 1995 is £37,000.