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Departmental Trips: Eurostar

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many trips by Eurostar have been undertaken by staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. (105589)

Information on the number of Eurostar train tickets purchased is normally not held, because the Treasury’s accounting system records the costs of travel but not the number or type of tickets bought. However, for financial year 2005-06, the Treasury’s travel management company had provided information on the number of tickets purchased through them.

The number of Eurostar train tickets bought through the travel management company in 2005-06 was 2,750 costing £463,455. Tickets bought but subsequently refunded are excluded; round trips by train are counted as two tickets; tickets bought and subsequently exchanged for another journey are counted as one ticket.

Some tickets are bought directly by the traveller, so this information is not a complete record of all travel tickets bought by the Treasury.