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Departmental Travel

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department’s expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06. (113991)

The Department for Transport came into existence in May 2002 as a result of machinery of government changes.

Details of ministerial travel are contained in the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1808W, to the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan), which refers to the published annual list of overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers and includes the overall cost of all Ministers’ overseas travel.

Three of the Department’s seven agencies (HA, VOSA, and GCDA) do not account for overseas travel by civil servants separately from other travel and associated costs. The figure for the central Department and the remaining agencies for 2005-06 is £3,429,740.