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Ministerial Visits

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for Ministers of State in her Department on foreign visits in each of the last three years; (69209)

(2) on how many occasions Ministers of State in her Department stayed overnight in (a) five star, (b) four star and (c) three star hotels on foreign visits in each of the last three years.

This information cannot be supplied without disproportionate costs.

Under the terms of the “Ministerial Code” and “Travel by Ministers”, when travelling on official business Ministers are expected to make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements.

Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. This information includes accommodation costs. Copies are available in the Library.