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Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the amount spent by his Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996–97 to 2004–05.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Comparable information is available only for the years 2000–01 to 2004–05. The following figures show the actual spend on entertainment within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the first three years, with a forecast for 2003–04 and 2004–05 based upon expenditure to date.

£
2000–01 8,337,306
2001–02 8,708,262
2002–03 8,612,247
2003–04 (14)8.135,315
2004–05 (14)7,687,873

(14) Estimated.

All expenditure on entertainment within the Department is carefully monitored to ensure that it is made in accordance with departmental guidance that is based on the principles set out in "Government Accounting".

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