Health written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State attended the following Christmas functions in 2007-08:

Tuesday 4 December 2007—looked into the Guardian Media Christmas Drinks Reception; and

Tuesday 11 December 2007—looked into Unite The Union Christmas Parliamentary Reception.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State hosted one Christmas function, a reception for journalists, on 17 December 2007. It was held in the Cathedral room in Richmond House and the cost was £1,079.30.

The Department does not collect information about the Christmas functions hosted or attended in 2007 or to be hosted or attended in 2008 by officials in the Department or officials in executive agencies and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

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