§ Miss Kirkbride
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the costs to public funds was of parties held for the private offices of Ministers in her Department in the last five years. 
§ Mr. Caborn
Since 2001 no parties have been held solely for the benefit of private office staff. From time to time private office staff are invited to attend certain functions held for external people.
No information is held for the period prior to 2001.