Housing: Conferences

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency on accreditation for the MIPIM international property conference in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009; and how much has been spent in 2010 to date.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Minister of State (the East of England), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department made the following spend on accreditation at the MIPIM conference in the years given:

Accreditation was included as part of a participation package equating to £675 (plus VAT) per delegate in 2007;

Accreditation was included as part of a participation package equating to £700 (plus VAT) per delegate in 2008; and

£1,500 (plus VAT) in 2009.

No departmental Ministers or officials attended in 2010.

The Homes and Communities Agency was established in December 2008 and has, therefore, only attended the conference in 2009 and 2010. Its spend on accreditation was:

£10,862 in 2009; and

£2,981 in 2010.

These costs were inclusive of taxes and foreign currency charges.

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