Departmental Official Hospitality

Defence written question – answered on 15th June 2010.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget his Department has allocated for entertainment, including alcohol, in each of the next three years.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

We use official entertainment to pursue UK security policy interests, facilitate a wider public understanding of the armed forces, and enhance professional contacts within the UK and with other nations. Expenditure on official entertainment must be modest and is incurred according to business need.

Expenditure in each of the last three years has been approximately £4 million. Departmental expenditure plans for 2011-12 and beyond have not yet been agreed, but we expect the amount spent to reduce.

Currently no new official entertainment can be arranged without the prior approval of nominated senior civil servants.

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