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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months. 
The figure excludes costs incurred as part of official events or formal meetings held to further departmental business. DCSF is unable to separately identify the costs of alcohol from those of general entertainment; as such expenditure is claimed and recorded under the general heading of Personal Entertainment.
Moderate amounts of alcohol can be provided at public expense when entertaining non-civil servants if not providing alcohol might be regarded as unusual or cause embarrassment. Examples of such events are hospitality from Ministers, at publicity events such as launches or the rare occasions when senior staff judge that official business can best be transacted by hosting a meeting over lunch or dinner.
(b) Hospitality expenditure is limited to occasions when official business can best be transacted in that way. Personal entertainment is usually restricted to where senior managers (Deputy Director or above) are acting as a host and expenditure must be approved in advance by a Director or Executive Board member.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families was created on 28 June 2007 as a result of a machinery of Government change and the expenditure recorded above includes that of its predecessor department, the Department for Education and Skills. The expenditure will also include any costs incurred by the newly created Department for Universities, Innovation and Skills, where these costs relate to areas formerly the responsibility of the Department for Education and Skills.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many ministerial residences were available to his Departments Ministers and those of its predecessors in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of his Departments staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each salary band is; and for each salary band what the (a) bonus structure, (b) retirement provision, (c) expenses provision, (d) total expenses incurred in each of the last 10 years, (e) average age of employee, (f) number of (i) women and (ii) men and (g) ethnic composition is. 
Kevin Brennan: The Department employs 2,875 staff in a wide variety of roles. It was formed as part of the 28 June 2007 machinery of government changes, taking in staff from the former Department for Education and Skills and the Home Office. The following table sets out the number and proportion of men and women employed in each of the general salary bands.
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Staff undertake a wide variety of duties in support of my Departments objectives, including some specialist roles. Titles and roles of each position and other individual information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but I can add the following further information on the work force: the average age of employees across the Department is 43. 442 employees (15.4 per cent.) have identified themselves as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff. Additionally, 585 (20.3 per cent.) have said that they prefer not to say or have not yet declared an ethnicity.
For staff at grade 6 and below, there is a non-consolidated bonus structure that varies according to pay agreements but is negotiated annually with the trade unions and follows Cabinet Office central guidance. For all SCS staff, the bonus arrangements are determined centrally by Cabinet Office. Staff in the Department for Children,
Schools and Families participate in the general Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) determined by Cabinet Office. The PCSPS is an unfunded multi-employer defined benefit scheme. Expenses are claimed according to central and departmental guidance available to all staff. Information on individual expenses claimed in each of the last 10 years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Departments (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms. 
Kevin Brennan: Near-cash and non-cash are essentially used as departmental expenditure limit (DEL) budgetary control concepts and are not specifically identified with voted resources in estimates. However, we have been able to break down net total resources for each section in the Part II: Subhead detail table of our main and winter supplementary estimate as follows. The significant change between the main and winter supplementary figures is the result of the machinery of government changes announced on 28 June 2007. The resources voted for Department for Education and Skills in the main estimate were divided between the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
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