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Departments: Visits Abroad

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on overseas travel in each year since 1997. (134542)

The figures in the following table are taken from the Department’s financial systems for the years in question and cover overseas travel by both Ministers and civil servants. All such travel is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the “Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers” and the “Civil Service Management Code”, as appropriate. Since 1999 the Government have published, on an annual basis, the total costs of all ministerial overseas travel and a list of all visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500. This information is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 86WS. Information for the financial year 2006-07 is in the process of being collated and will be published shortly.

Expenditure on overseas visits

£000

1997-98

663

1998-99

773

1999-00

789

2000-01

832

2001-02

506

2002-03

243

2003-04

218

2004-05

180

2005-06

251

2006-07 (provisional)

324

These figures reflect the Department as constituted at the time the accounts for each year were produced and so are not adjusted for Machinery of Government changes.