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Ministerial Travel (Accommodation)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in her Department. (69027)

My Department has access to a contract for hotel booking services in connection with official travel undertaken by the Department's staff. Figures available for the year ending December 2005 show a saving to my Department of 38 per cent. compared with the full room rates. My Department also benefits from a rebate of 3 per cent. of the annual expenditure on the contract.

All bookings made by the Department for Special Advisors share the same discounts.