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Travel: Business

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will promote the use of internet conferencing to businesses as an alternative to travel. (126629)

The Department encourages employers to develop workplace travel plans, which may include teleconferencing and teleworking, to reduce car use for the commute and during the course of work. We recognise the benefits of these and also the potential of internet conferencing in reducing the need to travel.

On 22 February 2007, we launched the National Business Travel Network to promote and support increased take-up of travel plans, particularly by the business community. Part of the work of this network is to encourage greater use of teleconferencing and teleworking. The network has so far been joined by 30 national companies as well as business groups and trade associations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) internal and (b) international same-day return flights made by businesses in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (126630)

The number of international day visits by UK residents for business purposes in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.

The information requested is not available for internal visits. Information is available from the CAA Passenger Survey on domestic air travel but this survey is only carried out at a selected number of UK airports each year. Day visits abroad by UK residents for business purposes, 2001-05

Day visits (thousand)

2001

607

2002

653

2003

604

2004

651

2005

630

Source:

International Passenger Survey