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Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1524W, on ministerial visits (accommodation), why the total amount spent on overnight accommodation rose between 2004-05 and 2005-06. (91736)

Ministerial visits overseas are determined by the need to represent the UK at international negotiations and other business fora.

As indicated in my earlier reply, 25 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1524-25W, 2005-06 includes travel costs for the six-month period when the UK held the EU Presidency.

DTI Ministers also attended the WTO Doha round of negotiations in Hong Kong and participated in the Prime Minister's trade summit to India and China.

Under the terms of the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers, when travelling on official business, Ministers are expected to make efficient and cost effective travel arrangements.