I refer the hon. Member to the answer given in my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s answer on 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1808W, to a similar question from the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire, which refers to the published annual list of overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers which includes the overall cost of all Ministers’ overseas travel.
The Department for Education and Skills’ expenditure on civil servants’ foreign travel, including accommodation is set out in the following table. The figures are taken from the Department's financial systems.
Expenditure on foreign travel (£000) 1996-97 883 2005-06 251
Expenditure on foreign travel (£000)