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Departments: Aviation

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the last three calendar years; and what the total cost of such flights was. (144940)

The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis, a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500, as well as the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2006-07 is currently being compiled and will be published before the summer recess. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the ‘Civil Service Management Code’, the ‘Ministerial Code’ and ‘Travel by Ministers’.