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Departmental Official Hospitality

Education written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Conservative, Stratford-on-Avon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department and its predecessors spent on hospitality for journalists and members of media organisations in each year between 2005 and 2010.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department does not hold expenses data to the level requested by the hon. Member as we gather expenditure details under a general hospitality account code. Therefore the information required is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs. However, I can confirm that the Department for Children, Schools and Families held an annual Christmas reception for journalists and media organisations at an approximate cost of £500 per year.

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