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Official Travel

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Prime Minister what was the total cost to public funds of travel by the Prime Minister and accompanying officials in 1987–88.

Final figures are not yet available and cannot be provided in the precise form requested. The latest estimate of the total cost of my travel and that of my staff in 1987–88 is £826,712.

To ask the Prime Minister if she will make it her policy to use British Rail trains for travelling on official occasions; and if she will make a statement.

I regret that for reasons of practicality and security it is difficult for me to travel by rail on official business. I do so when a suitable opportunity arises.