Christmas party spending by the NI Ho-ho-ho up 9,000% in 5 years…

IF you’re fed up with all this lecturing we’re getting about tightening the purse-strings, you’ll hardly be impressed with the news that the NIO has spending on Christmas parties by nearly 9,000% over the last five years. Shaun Woodward revealed to the Commons yesterday that spending went from £426 in 2002-03 to £37,578 in 2006-07.