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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (91899)

The Department for Transport and the majority of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies do not record payments for hotel accommodation for staff and others separately from other subsistence costs. More detailed information would only be available at disproportionate cost. Overnight subsistence allowances for UK and overseas, and specific hotel costs where available, are contained in the following table.

£

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

DfT (C)

UK subsistence allowance staff

292,079

307,442

299,915

332,702

UK subsistence allowance other

151

0

0

320

Overseas subsistence allowance staff

404,344

452,256

439,283

495,697

Overseas subsistence allowance other

3,999

5,415

3,794

15,450

GCDA

Total subsistence allowance

204,729

210,385

254,552

260,038

192,172

MCA

UK hotel

Only available at disproportionate cost

610,083

Overseas hotel

Only available at disproportionate cost

151,691

HA

Only available at disproportionate cost

DSA

Total travel and subsistence

345,324

317,559

3.76 million

4.84 million

5.56 million

VOSA

Accommodation

712,363

737,172

700,016

DVLA

UK hotel

629,000

701,000

679,000

Overseas hotel

1,100

7,000

8,000

VGA

UK hotel

931

5,688

4,540

37,132

58,706

Overseas hotel

0

330

1,277

142,44

26,672

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 2005 to 31 March 2006 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the current financial year will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the current financial year. No records are kept about the category of any hotels in which Ministers have stayed.

The amounts spent on hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation for Ministers and officials during visits abroad are as follows:

£

29 May 2002-31 March 2003

4,110

1 April 2003-31 March 2004

6,907

1 April 2004-31 March 2005

2,423

1 April 2005-31 March 2006

9,094

1 April 2005-31 August 2006

1,045

Details of the amount spent on hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation for Ministers and officials within the UK are not routinely collated and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

All travel is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the ministerial code, travel by Minister and the civil service management code.