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Departmental Travel

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06. (114026)

The Department's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation from 1996-97 to 2003-04 is shown in the following table.

£

1996-97

521,861

1997-98

575,458

1998-99

590,089

1999-2000

553,386

2000-01

549,105

2001-02

608,814

2002-03

591,748

2003-04

702,055

Information in the requested form is not available as the Department is not required to report in such detail for the statutory accounts. Therefore, the information has not been collected centrally since April 2004. Although this information cannot currently be obtained without incurring disproportional costs, the Department is exploring with our contractors the provision of similar data on a regular basis in the future.