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Departments: Travel Agents

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997. (139906)

The net payment made to travel agencies by the Department since 1997 has been:

Net payment (£)

1997-98

1

1998-99

27,840

1999-2000

46,469

2000-01

32,700

2001-02

20

2002-03

15,329

2003-04

36,966

2004-05

15,687

2005-06

66,780

2006-07

24,443

1 No record. 2 Travel agency fees 2001-02—nil net costs. In that year, the Department contracted with Carlson Wagonlit. This company received commissions from the rail and air operating companies to offset the management/contract costs charged to the Department. In other years, companies invoiced the Department for payment of these costs.