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Departments: Visits Abroad

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on overseas travel in each year since 1997. (135021)

My Department spent the following amounts on foreign air travel in the years detailed.

£

2002-03

131,677.28

2003-04

137,261.12

2004-05

229,339.64

2005-06

158,454.14

2006-07

179,313.94

Overseas accommodation and transportation is arranged through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Details of the associated costs are not held centrally within the NIO and could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost. Information prior to 2002-03 is not available.