Scotland Office: Public Expenditure

Scotland Office written question – answered on 2nd February 2018.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on (a) art, (b) wine and (c) hospitality in each of the last seven financial years for which figures are available.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

The Scotland Office has not purchased any original art in any of the last seven financial years; all artwork in our buildings is on loan from the government art collection or the National Galleries of Scotland. The Scotland Office does not separately record wine costs. Any such costs will be met from within the Office's events or hospitality budget. All expenditure incurred is in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

The hospitality spend is shown below:

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

£27,793

£25,466

£37,865

£24,973

£9,905

£8,987

£453

From 2016, events spend has been recorded separately to hospitality spend. This is reflected in the figures above and I refer the hon Member to my answer to the hon Member for Edinburgh North and Leith on 14 December 2017 (UIN 118330).

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