HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 c108W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many receptions have been held(a) in his Department and (b) at his official residence since he took office; how many people have attended; and what was the total cost of these events. [25186]

Mr. Straw

[holding answer 23 January 1998]: Since 1 May 1997, I have hosted four receptions attended by approximately 300 people at a cost of £3,700. I do not have an official residence. Three of the receptions were held at the Home Office. The fourth, a reception for the recipients of police gallantry awards, was held at the House of Commons and accounted for 150 of the guests and for £1,870 of the costs.