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Departmental Official Hospitality

Health written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information held on the Department's business management system is as shown in the following table. Due to the procedures employed by the Department which score expenditure on the system in the month in which an invoice is processed and paid, the figures do not necessarily relate to the costs incurred in the months in question. The figures show the total spend by Ministers' private offices on hospitality and catering and this will typically include purchases of teas, coffees, lunches and refreshments. The system does not have the facility to report on whether these purchases were for specific events or meetings.

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  2010 2011
Minister Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Secretary of State for Health (Andrew Lansley) 39.08 0.00 24.00 0.00 126.72 28.00 0.00 40.95 52.81 32.00 24.00
Minister of State (Simon Burns) 4.62 19.32 0.00 99.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Minister of State (Paul Burstow) 4.85 0.00 204.95 8.08 0.00 11.56 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Anne Milton) 0.00 0.00 30.38 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 37.59 0.00 40.25 0.00
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Earl Howe) 0.00 0.00 41.88 0.00 53.96 45.41 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

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