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Hotel Accommodation

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on hotel accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) others; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room, in each year since 1997. [117561]

The detailed information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.The available information regarding Departmental and agency staff has been placed in the Library.The Government publish an annual report of Ministerial travel overseas. The total cost of ministerial travel provided in the annual report includes the cost of accommodation. The information sought in respect of accommodation within the United Kingdom is not held centrally. All travel is conducted in line with the requirements of the Ministerial Code.All subsistence expenses for civil servants comply with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code.