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Civil Service Travel

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what grades in the Civil Service in her Department are allowed to travel by air (a) first class and (b) business class at public expense when on official duties. [104966]

The Scotland Office follows the conditions set out in the Civil Service Management Code which requires departments and agencies to ensure that staff use the most efficient and economical means of travel in the circumstances, taking into account any management benefit or the needs of staff with disabilities.The Department meets the cost of business air tickets for staff flying on official business; no distinction is made by grade. Senior civil service staff may travel first class in exceptional circumstances at official expense only with prior approval of theHead of Department.