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Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 994W, on ministerial visits (accommodation), what factors he took into account when deciding not to keep a record of overnight accommodation arrangements or costs; and if he will keep such a record. (77438)

The maintenance of a record of the star rating of the hotels used, or the countries visited, by staff in the Scotland Office is not considered necessary for the effective management of the travel and subsistence regime in the Office or for the proper financial monitoring and control of budgets for this expenditure.