Prime Minister written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.

Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party

In 2006 my predecessor (the right hon. Tony Blair) sent approximately 1,700 official Christmas cards at a cost of £460. For previous years I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by my predecessor on 19 December 2002, Hansard, column 936W; 20 December 2004, Hansard, columns 1350-1W and 30 January 2006, Hansard, column 63W.

For parties and decorations I refer to the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Gillian Merron) today.

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David Clark
Posted on 25 Jan 2008 11:53 am (Report this annotation)

This equates to a cost of 27p per Christmas card. How can the PM buy them so cheaply, especially as it is assumed this includes postage. I cannot belief the PM sent cards that were from the mass produced cheap end of the market. A special PM run of cards must surely cost more than £460.

Paul Peros
Posted on 29 Jan 2008 6:00 pm (Report this annotation)

A similar question asked of the Foreign Office reveals that the majority were sent internally ( Presumably the same would apply here.