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Departments: Visits Abroad

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2084W, on departments: visits abroad, how much his Department spent on foreign visits by staff which were subsequently cancelled in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) destination and (b) departmental agency. (133895)

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only by incurring disproportionate costs. The Department will incur just a minimal charge if a trip is cancelled in good time. For example the cancellation fee for flights is currently £9.25. For hotels, if cancelled before noon on date of arrival, the Department would not incur any cancellation charges at all.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7th March 2007, Official Report, column 2084W, on Departments: visits abroad, what the foreign travel costs in his Department were for the last three years, broken down by (a) destination, (b) type of expenditure and (c) departmental agency. (133896)

The information requested is available for the last 12 months but would require a detailed clerical examination in order to present it in the format requested, which would incur disproportionate costs.