Financial secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban, was taken out for breakfasts, lunches and dinners 37 times in the 15 months to June 2011, official figures have revealed.
Commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord Sassoon's engagements exceeded Hoban's, totalling at 42 meals out with corporate interests over the same period.
On average, both Hoban, pictured, and Sassoon dined out with corporate entities roughly every two weeks, according to official disclosures of hospitality received by ministers.
Conversely, Chancellor George Osborne had far fewer meals out on companies or financial associations, often restricting his to two or three per quarter.
Osborne was also given an iPad 2 as a gift from Apple, but this was confiscated by the Treasury as its value was over £140.
According to Private Eye analysis, Treasury ministers were taken out 133 times over the period. 100 occasions were with corporate entities, whilst the remaining 33 were with free-market think tanks and press outlets.
The hospitality was provided by:
British Bankers Association
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Confederation of British Industry
Lloyds of London
Investment Management Association
Association of British Insurers
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