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Conference Bookings

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1361W to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers), on HM Revenue and Customs, how many conference bookings have been (a) booked and (b) cancelled by HM Revenue and Customs, and its predecessors, through (i) Sabre-Holdings, (ii) its subsidiaries and (iii) Travelocity-Business, formerly known as First Option Events, in each of the last three years. (94504)

HM Revenue and Customs have a contract for conference bookings with Travelocity (formerly First Option). This contract commenced on 1 July 2000 and was originally between HM Customs and Excise, the Inland Revenue and First Option.

In the 12 month period up to June 2006, 60 of 2,364 bookings were cancelled. 30 of 895 bookings were cancelled in the preceding year, as were 61 of 1,636 in the year before that.