To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.
The cost to the Treasury of purchasing Christmas cards in 2007 was £8,345. The figure for the Debt Management Office was £593. Information relating to postage costs is not available.
The Treasury's cards were purchased from Card Aid, who made a donation to charity on behalf of the Department.
Christmas parties are funded by staff themselves and not the Department. Christmas decorations are also purchased either by staff or by facilities management companies without recourse to public funds.