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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons in each year since 2001-02. (91915)

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not hold the information in the form requested which can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2006 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2006-07 will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the current financial year.

All expenditure is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers, and the Civil Service Management Code.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what foreign visits were undertaken by her departmental staff on official business in the last 12 months. (94846)

Over the last 12 months departmental staff took in total 519 foreign trips on official business of which 479 were to Europe (outside UK); six trips to Africa; 26 trips to North America; one foreign trip to South America and seven trips to Asia (inc. Middle East).