Northern Ireland Office: Entertainment

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the Northern Ireland Office has spent each year since 1997 on entertainment.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

Expenditure relating to entertainment is held as part of the Northern Ireland Office's hospitality budgets. A wide range of external organisations use the facilities at Hillsborough Castle for a variety of events, these organisations are then charged for the services they receive.

The following table shows how much the Northern Ireland Office (excluding its agencies and NDPBs) spent on hospitality in each financial year since 1997.

Year Expenditure
1997-98 £214,473
1998-99 £322,853
1999-00 £320,230
2000-01 £246,517
2001-02 £221,477
2002-03 £300,430
2003-04 £252,158
2004-05 £193,450
2005-06 £210,772
2006-07 £262,633

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