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Ministerial Travel

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (94957)

During the last 12 months I have visited Scotland on two occasions, 12 and 22/23 June and Wales on two occasions, 27 March and 4 October. I have not visited Northern Ireland. All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to offset the carbon dioxide emissions caused by ministerial travel in his Department. (98734)

All central Government ministerial and official air travel is being offset from 1 April 2006. Departmental aviation emissions are calculated on an annual basis and subsequently offset through payments to a central fund. The fund purchases Certified Emissions Reductions credits from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits, located in developing countries.

Emissions generated through road travel are not offset but have been reduced significantly as both myself and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State use a Toyota Prius, the lowest carbon-emitting petrol hybrid vehicle currently available.