Departmental Official Hospitality

Treasury written question – answered on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Jonathan Ashworth Jonathan Ashworth Opposition Whip (Commons) 19th March 2012

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he hosted in each of the last six months; and what the (i) location, (ii) cost to the public purse and (iii) purpose was of each such event;

(2) what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he hosted in each of the last 12 months; and what the (i) location, (ii) total cost to the public purse and (iii) purpose was of each event.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Economic Secretary to the Treasury 19th March 2012

In the last 16 months the Chancellor and other HM Treasury Ministers have hosted more than 20 receptions at No. 11 Downing street. All of these have been for charities, with no cost to the public purse for any of the receptions held.

A breakdown of meetings held with external organisations is available on the HM Treasury website:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/minister_hospitality.htm

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