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Departments: Travel

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much her Department spent on travel in each year since 1997. (125850)

The following amounts were spent on travel in the UK and overseas by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in each of the last nine financial years, rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Amount (£ million)

1997-98

31.0

1998-99

30.6

1999-2000

36.0

2000-01

36.3

2001-02

43.1

2002-03

40.2

2003-04

40.4

2004-05

43.0

2005-06

47.8

For an explanation on why expenditure has increased, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 25 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1948-49W.