Entertainment Costs

Health written question – answered at on 21 December 2004.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Expenditure arises on hospitality and entertainment only in the context of promoting the Department's business objectives. All such expenditure is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in "Government Accounting".

Information in the required form is not available for the years requested. The total amount spent by the Department on hospitality since 1995–96 is shown in the table.

1996–97 105,192
1997–98 90,883
1998–99 67,953
1999–2000 50,114
2000–01 93,091
2001–02 121,968
2002–03 125,261
2003–04 106,337

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