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Ministerial Visits

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 444W, on ministerial visits, how many claims of expenses of more than £100 have been (a) submitted and (b) checked against departmental guidelines in each of the last two years; how many have been found to be non-compliant; and how many people have been disciplined as a result. (95261)

Our records show that since October 2005 we have received 4,840 claims for amounts of £100 or more from Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff, and checked them against departmental guidelines. Before that date, our records do not distinguish between claims over or under £100 in value. We are aware of one officer who submitted a claim in this period that did not meet the guidelines. Following an internal investigation we recovered the appropriate monies from the officer.