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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department on food and alcohol for its staff working out of office in each year since 2001-02. (91900)

It is the policy in the Department for Transport and its agencies that staff are not reimbursed for expenditure on alcoholic beverages. Reimbursement for food is not recorded separately in the Department and the majority of agencies, but forms part of the rules for day and night subsistence allowances. Subsistence costs, and specific food costs where available, are included in the following table. Two agencies, GCDA and DSA cannot separate travel and subsistence, and so a total figure including food, accommodation, and travel is shown. Information about food costs alone would be available only at disproportionate cost.

£

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

DfT(C)

Total subsistence allowance

332,027

356,590

346,878

365,442

GCDA1

Total travel and subsistence

204,729

210,385

254,352

260,038

192,172

MCA2

HA2

DSA

Total travel and subsistence

3345,324

3317,559

3,760,000

4,840,000

5,560,000

VOSA

Total subsistence allowance

358,232

378,902

442,565

DVLA

Total subsistence

247,890

321,220

367,400

392,670

VCA

Food

2,917

3,976

8,347

5,510

4,660

1 GCDA joined DfT in November 2005. 2 Available only at disproportionate cost. 3 DSA changed their accounting procedure for 2003-04, resulting in the apparently higher figure.