The Department for Work and Pensions cannot provide the information on the star rating of accommodation used by civil servants and special advisers as it is the cost of the hotel and not the star rating which will have influenced the choice of the hotel.
Total costs for overnight accommodation are as follows:
Financial year UK accommodation costs Foreign accommodation costs 2003-04 12,143,283.41 97,567.64 2004-05 11,110,131.31 119,239.39 2005-06 10,762,515.58 141,214.36
UK accommodation costs
Foreign accommodation costs
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide information relating to specific countries of travel as this is not collected by the supplier. The totals given in the table include all travellers within DWP including special advisers. Unfortunately, we are unable to identify separate costs relating to individual groups of travellers.
All staff within the Department for Work and Pensions currently benefit from a 5.45 per cent. discount for hotel bookings when made through the Department’s hotel accommodation supplier in relation to official business. All bookings made for special advisers share the same discounts.
The information requested could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. Under the terms of the Ministerial Code on 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.