HC Deb 18 July 2002 vol 389 c545W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by(a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by his Department and how much reclaimed. [34445]

Beverley Hughes

The detailed information required is not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The available information relating to expenditure on hospitality and entertainment by the department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies is shown in the table:

Financial years Expenditure
1997–98 68,803
1998–99 84,468
1999–2000 91,509
2000–01 74,655

Expenditure by Ministers on hospitality and entertainment averages four per cent. of the Departmental total each year.