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Departments: Travel

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles were travelled by his Department’s (a) Ministers and (b) officials on Government business by (i) air, (ii) rail and (iii) road in 2006. (124522)

Information held centrally on miles travelled by Ministers and officials on Government business by air, rail and road in 2006 is as follows:

Mileage by travel mode

Ministers

Officials

Car

1

1

Rail

216,263

22,015,668

Air

2135,557

22,639,751

1 Not held centrally.

2 Mileage available from 1 April to 31 December 2006, where travel is booked on departmental contracts. Data for the first quarter of the year is not available

All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code.

Vehicle mileage is reported by financial year. DEFRA officials drove 8,930,363 miles on Government business in financial year 2005-06. Mileage collation for financial year 2006-07 will be available in June 2007.