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Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 1000W, on ministerial visits (accommodation), if she will keep a central record of the (a) number, (b) standard of hotel used and (c) cost of overnight stays for (i) civil servants, (ii) special advisers and (iii) Ministers. (77099)

There are clear guidelines in place for all Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff, special advisers and Ministers concerning overnight accommodation when travelling on business at public expense, whether in the UK or overseas. These rates are also used by staff from other Whitehall Departments and by parliamentary Select Committees. Staff are reminded of the need to ensure they obtain value for money at all times.

There are no plans to keep a central record of all hotel accommodation used as to do so would incur disproportionate cost.