§ Ruth Kelly
Expenditure in the years since 1997–98 is as follows:
£000 Expenditure 1997–98 59 1998–99 69 1999–2000 99 2000–01 141 2001–02 100 2002–031 115 1 April to December
Figures for earlier years were given in the answer by the then Economic Secretary (Helen Liddell) on 18 November 1997, Official Report, column 110W.
Treasury internal budgets are controlled in respect of organisational units, not in respect of types of spending. Accordingly there are no binding budget figures comparable to these figures for expenditure.
All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in "Government Accounting".