Senior civil servants responsible for contracts worth billions of pounds accepted tickets to Wimbledon, the Chelsea Flower Show and the opera from firms carrying out government work. It is the first time that the scale of hospitality accepted by senior officials has been revealed.
Fujitsu, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers – IT, consulting and auditing firms with contracts across Whitehall – top the hospitality league. The entertainment, sanctioned under Civil Service rules, reveals the close relations between departments and the companies they employ. Defence officials accepted 221 dinners and invitations in a year, many from arms companies and subcontractors.
The full list is here.
There is, however, one Whitehall department that seems to have resisted the blandishments. I refer of course to our own dear Scotland Office. I would like to say that this reflects Scottish prudence; but it seems more likely that no-one bothered to invite them anywhere.