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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much her Department has spent on accommodation and subsistence costs on visits (a) for Ministers, (b) for staff and (c) in total (i) in the last 12 months and (ii) in each year since 1997. (99952)

Information for the Cabinet Office is not collected in the format requested. To provide a breakdown would incur disproportionate costs.

Owing to the way that accommodation and subsistence related costs are recorded on the Cabinet Office accounting system, it is not possible to extract the requested information from it.

All official travel in the Department is undertaken strictly in accordance with the rules contained in the Cabinet Office Management Code. All ministerial travel-related costs are undertaken fully 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.