Ministry of Defence: Official Hospitality

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

It is not possible to separate out hotel expenditure from food and drink expenditure. The table below shows the total Ministry of Defence (MOD) spend on accommodation and subsistence for financial years 2010-11 to 2014-15.

MOD expenditure on accommodation and subsistence

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

£85,886,070

£76,440,645

£80,739,551

£80,013,645

£78,769,706

The amount spent on hospitality is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The MOD’s expenditure on travel and transport for financial years 2010-11 to 2014-15 is shown in the table below.

MOD expenditure on travel and transport

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

£193,872,171

£191,504,947

£185,243,712

£132,405,520

£142,696,241

All staff incurring business expenses of any kind must demonstrate the highest standards of financial propriety and a level of restraint that is commensurate with being a Crown Servant, and sensitive to the need to give full value for money to the taxpayer and maximise the funding available for the front line. The MOD has driven down spending on business travel from around £300 million in 2009-10 to around £200 million a year now.

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