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Departmental Travel

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by his Department on (a) chartering aircraft and (b) non-scheduled air travel in each of the last five years. (96229)

No costs have been incurred by the Department in the last five years on chartering aircraft for internal flights, or on non-scheduled air travel. There is only one instance in the last five years of a DTI Minister using a non-scheduled flight (PQ 20047 213446), and the cost in that case was met by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Office.

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 Libraries of the House 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 of the House 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 of the House for the reference of Members.