HC Deb 02 April 1996 vol 275 cc85-6W
Mr. Tony Banks

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 14 December 1995,Official Report, column 750, if he will give a breakdown of the figure of £30,100 for official hospitality by his ministerial office and related agencies. [24445]

Mr. Willetts

The figure of £30,100 given in my answer of 14 December represented expenditure on official hospitality by the Cabinet Office, including the Office of Public Service, and its executive agencies—excluding HMSO—for the period 1 April 1995 to the end of November 1995. It was made up of £14,800 expenditure by the Cabinet Office—excluding the Prime Minister's Office—£4,000 by OPS agencies and £11,300 by the Central Office of Information.

Mr. Banks

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 25 March,Official Report, column 693, for whom the two dinners at Lancaster house were held; how many people attended; and what was the cost in each case. [24428]

Mr. Willetts

The Deputy Prime Minister hosted the dinners in question in order to discuss a range of competitiveness issues with a mix of senior public and private sector representatives. Seventeen people attended the first dinner, at a cost of £1,118.36. Eighteen attended the second, at a cost of £1,163.41.

The Deputy Prime Minister has also hosted one other lunch at Lancaster house, and a dinner at another venue, for a total of 22 people, from a similar range of backgrounds and to discuss other issues relating to national competitiveness, at a total cost of £1,204.53.