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FOI / 3723 / 2018 - Hospitality

Initial request:

It has come to public notice that Ian Callaghan, the Director of PBI Products, personally invited Chief Fire Officers and other Officers to an event on 3/4 October 2017 at Derby County Football Club to mark the 10th anniversary of PBI in the UK.

The invitation included the following funded by PBI:

a - golf on 3 October

b - dinner at a Michelin starred Indian restaurant on 3 October

c - overnight hotel stay on 3 October

d - international speakers seminar 4 October

Would you please provide answers to the following questions in relation to your Fire and Rescue Service which are made under the Freedom of Information Act:

* did the Chief Fire Officer and/or other Officers attend the above PBI Events?

* how many officers attended each of the above (a-d) aspects of the above PBI funded event?

* was the above hospitality provided by PBI accepted and declared in accordance with the FRA financial regulations?

* what was the value of hospitality accepted of each of the above (a-d) aspects of the PBI event?

* is acceptance of such hospitality as above, offered by commercial providers of goods and services to your Fire and Rescue Authority, permitted to be accepted by officers of the FRA?

Final Response:

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find our response below.

The Chief Fire Officer did not attend this event in October.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you have the right to apply for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of your original email and should be addressed to: Internal Review, Performance & Data Team, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB

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