§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is his current estimate of the expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on hospitality since 1 May 1997. 
§ Mr. Tom Clarke
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: The available information is given in the following table.
£000 1 May 1997 to 1 February 1998 Department for Culture, Media and Sport 13 Historic Royal Palaces Agency 23 Royal Parks Agency 18
It is not possible to distinguish, without incurring disproportionate cost, between NDPB's expenditure financed from grant-in-aid and that financed from other sources of income including sponsorships. However the total expenditure by the Department's NDPBs on hospitality from 1 May 1997 to 1 February is £997,000.