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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons in each year since 2001-02. (91901)

The available information is presented in the table. In most cases, the bodies’ accounting systems do not record accommodation costs separately, so the figures are for subsistence, which includes accommodation and associated allowances for meals. Therefore further analysis could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2006 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2006-07 will be published after the end of the current financial year.

All travel and subsistence is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code.

£000

Department/agency/NDPB

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

HM Treasury1

UK

49

85

78

72

Overseas

260

237

272

323

Debt Management Office

UK

2

2

1

2

3

Overseas

4

9

6

4

3

Office of Government Commerce

UK

339

332

373

455

539

Overseas

26

64

11

10

8

OGCbuying.solutions2

74

118

186

191

313

Valuation Office Agency3

1,041

1,040

1,164

1,255

1,418

HM Revenue and Customs4

UK

39,278

40,246

43,254

46,290

44,924

Overseas

3,994

4,162

4,789

4,350

4,519

Royal Mint3

490

466

536

486

514

National Savings and Investments5

145

117

92

103

125

Office of National Statistics

UK

2,264

2,210

2,702

3,005

2,729

Overseas

642

636

612

504

539

Government Actuary's Department6

UK

5

3

10

Overseas

10

14

17

Statistics Commission

UK

0

0

0

1

0

Overseas

0

0

0

0

1

1 Treasury figures include Ministers, staff and other persons. Treasury subsistence costs for 2001-02 cannot be disaggregated from travel costs.

2 OGCbuying.solutions figures are for accommodation only, excluding meals, including both UK and overseas accommodation.

3 The amounts for The Royal Mint and The Valuation Office Agency include both UK and overseas subsistence.

4 HM Revenue and Customs figures include travel costs of the former HM Customs and Excise which cannot be disaggregated from subsistence.

5 The figures for National Savings and Investments are the estimated cost of both UK and Overseas travel and subsistence.

6 GAD are unable to provide any data covering financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03.