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Departmental Travel

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on (a) chartering aircraft and (b) non-scheduled air travel in each of the last five years. (96224)

The costs of chartering aircraft by the Department in each of the past five years are not separately identifiable within the Department’s accounts without incurring disproportionate costs.

In respect of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. Where non-scheduled aircraft are used this is shown in the list. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006. Copies of the lists are available in the Library for the reference of Members.

All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers, copies of which are available in the Library for the reference of Members. All official travel is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code, a copy of which is also available in the Library for the reference of Members.