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Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) domestic and (b) foreign trips on official business he has undertaken since May; how much each trip has cost; and how many officials accompanied him on each trip. (81933)

All travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code”, “Travel by Ministers” and the “Civil Service Code”, copies of which are available in the Library.

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 and total costs of all ministerial overseas travel. The list for the current year will be published at the appropriate time. In addition, I have made three official visits within the United Kingdom since May 2006. Expenditure including all trips will be accounted for in the Department's annual report and accounts in the usual way.

I am usually accompanied by a private secretary, plus special adviser and Press Office support, as appropriate.