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32 (The Royal) Squadron

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Prime Minister in respect of which official duties he used 32 (The Royal) Squadron for flights on (a) 11 and 12 April 2002, (b) 3 and 4 July 2003, (c) 30 July 2003, (d) 16 September 2004, (e) 29 September 2003, (f) 24 July 1998 and (g) 26 June 1998; what the approximate take-off and landing times were of each flight; whether the carbon emissions were offset in respect of each flight; what other transport options were considered on each occasion; why other transport options were not used; and if he will make a statement. (66163)

I travel making the most efficient and cost-effective arrangements. My travel arrangements are in accordance with the arrangements for official travel set out in chapter 10 of the Ministerial Code, and the accompanying guidance document “Travel by Ministers”. My visits cover a range of matters including health, education, criminal justice and the economy.

Details of the approximate take-off and landing times are as follows:

(a) 11 April 2002 the flight departed at approximately 3 pm and returned at approximately 5.30 pm; on 12 April 2002 the flight departed at approximately 9 am and returned at approximately 12.30 pm

(b) 3-4 July 2003, the flight departed at approximately 1 pm and returned at approximately 1 pm.

(c) 30 July 2003, 32 (The Royal) Squadron flight was not used.

(d) 16 September 2004, 32 (The Royal) Squadron flight was not used.

(e) 29 September 2003, 32 (The Royal) Squadron flight was not used.

(f) 24 July 1998, the flight departed at approximately 8.30 am and returned at approximately 8.30 pm.

(g) 26 June 1998, the flight departed at approximately 8.30 am and returned at approximately 11am.

Carbon emissions arising from 32 squadron flights are now included in the Government’s carbon emissions offsetting commitment. My air travel has been offset for the last year.