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Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have made a claim for evening dress allowance in each of the last five years; and what the total cost of such claims has been.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The following table provides a breakdown of the number of claims for evening dress allowance and the total cost of such claims for each of the last five years.

Hire and purchase of evening wear
Period 1 April to 31 March each year Total number of claims Total costs (£)
2012-13 33 2,734.25
2011-12 24 2,072.94
2010-11 55 3,224.52
2009-10 58 3,874.02
2008-09 42 2,883.63

No Ministers or senior MOJ officials have made these claims. These claims relate to a number of claims by prison officers for evening attire for a specific awards event, where the hire cost might otherwise affect their attendance.

Information on the number of officials who have made a claim for evening dress allowance is not available and the above figures may include more than one claim for a specific individual. Information on the number of officials who have claimed for evening dress allowance and the total cost of such claims for each of the MOJ’s NDPBs is not held centrally and would incur disproportionate cost to provide.

Civil service terms and conditions are currently being reviewed through the civil service reform programme.

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