Departmental Official Hospitality

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) alcohol and (ii) entertainment in the last 12 months.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Department spent £1,162,044 on entertainment between 1 December 2008 and 30 November. There are no separate figures on alcohol expenditure.

I have approached the Chief Executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond directly to the hon. Member.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated February 2010:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) alcohol and (ii) entertainment in the last 12 months?

The Insolvency Service Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has spent (i) £1,900 on alcohol and (ii) £5,800 on entertainment in the last 12 months from December 2008 to November 2009.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated February 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 4 December 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In the last 12 months, the National Measurement Office spent £6,020.54 on entertainment, mainly in hosting meals for overseas visitors and providing catering for working groups and similar functions held outside the office. Of this, £593.45 was spent on alcohol.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated February 2010:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 4 December 2009, UIN 305545, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In the last twelve months Companies House has spent £2,528 on entertainment. Details of the amount spent on alcohol is not kept separately but was minimal.

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated February 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 04 December 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Intellectual Property Office spent £1,400 on alcohol mainly at programme launches and gifts for other IP Offices. The agency spent £36,000 on entertainment mainly on refreshments and food for events and meetings.

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