Senior officials are being asked to save costs on business lunches and dinners, according to a new circular issued by the government yesterday. The notice, sent to ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of departments, set the ceiling for the entertainment allowance at $250 per person for lunch and $400 for dinner. This means officials will no longer be able to enjoy a three-course meal with drinks at the Mandarin Oriental or Island Shangri-La, where they have traditionally taken lunch. But a Civil Service Bureau spokesman said there was no penalty for breaching the guidelines. In addition, senior civil servants are no longer entitled to use government vehicles to and from the airport for holidays. The authorities will also stop printing hard copies of the government telephone directories and the list of advisory bodies' membership.