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Overseas Travel

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is her estimate of the expenditure by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on overseas travel for (i) 1980–81, (ii) 1987–88, (iii) 1990–91, (iv) 1991–92, (v) 1992–93, (vi) 1993–94, (vii) 1994–95, (viii) 1995–96, (ix) 1996–97 and (x) 1 May to 30 September 1997; and if she will provide a breakdown to show (1) air fares and (2) other expenditure relating to overseas travel. [15263]

[holding answer 12 November 1997]: Expenditure on overseas travel made by the Department for International Development and its agency, the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), for the years requested is as follows:

1997–98 to 30 September531
NRI was transferred to private ownership in 1996–97.Figures for years prior to 1991–92 and the breakdown between air fares and other expenditure cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.