Departmental Official Hospitality

Communities and Local Government written question – answered at on 8 May 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessor spent on entertaining in each of the last five years.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to Mr. Hammond on 27 February 2008, Hansard, column 1594W.

The Department does not record expenditure for entertainment on its finance systems and the figures in the earlier reply relate to hospitality. Changes in coding parameters on the Departments financial systems mean that figures for earlier years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

All expenditure on hospitality is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

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Alec Yates
Posted on 9 May 2008 10:01 am (Report this annotation)

The Department is following EU practices then where accounts have not been signed off for 13 years running by the auditors.