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Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in each of the last three years. (69093)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Department records expenditure as either for the UK or other countries. The core Department and most of its agencies differentiate between overnight accommodation costs and other travel expenses.

£000

(a) Civil Servants

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

UK

345

326

513

Abroad

474

570

603

(b) Special Advisers

UK

1,220

2,044

2,487

Abroad

698

702

910

Note: These figures exclude the Rural Payments Agency and the Central Science Laboratory.