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Departments: Hotels

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1879W, on Departments: hotels, if he will set out the figures for 2006-07 for (a) HM Treasury, (b) the Debt Management Office, (c) the Royal Mint and (d) the Office of Government Commerce, including subsistence, as in the answer of 16 October 2006, Official Report, column 1060W, on departmental expenditure; (147097)

(2) how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on hotel and other privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) others in 2006-07.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12 months. (149057)

The available information is presented in the following table. As explained in the answer given by the then Financial Secretary (John Healey) on 16 October 2006, in most cases, the bodies' accounting systems do not record accommodation costs separately, so the figures are for subsistence, which includes accommodation and associated allowances for meals. Therefore further analysis could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2006 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2006-07 is currently being compiled and is due to be published shortly.

All travel and subsistence is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code.

Department/Agency/NDPB

Type of Travel

2006-07 (£000)

HM Treasury1

UK

98

Overseas

308

Debt Management Office

UK

3

Overseas

3

Office of Government Commerce

UK

476

Overseas

20

OGCbuying.solutions2

All

284

Valuation Office Agency3

All

633

HM Revenue and Customs4

UK

14,100

Overseas

376

Royal Mint5

All

401

National Savings and Investments

All

121

Office for National Statistics6

UK

713

Overseas

78

Government Actuary's Department

UK

7

Overseas

15

Statistics Commission

UK

2

Overseas

1

1 Treasury figures include Ministers, staff and other persons. 2 OGCbuying.solutions figures are for accommodation only, excluding meals, including both UK and overseas accommodation. 3 The Valuation Office Agency figure represents costs of UK and overseas accommodation only. Figures previously provided for preceding years have included subsistence and other supplementary costs which were unable to be separated except at disproportionate cost. The figure of £525,000 for 2006-07 provided on 20 June was subject to audit adjustments, which have now been agreed. 4 The HM Revenue and Customs figures are for accommodation only, unlike figures previously reported for earlier years, where the method for recording such expenditure made disaggregating accommodation expenditure from subsistence possible only at disproportionate cost. 5 The amount for The Royal Mint includes both UK and overseas subsistence. 6 The Office for National Statistics figures represent accommodation only. Figures previously reported for preceding years included travel and subsistence, as well as accommodation. The method of recording expenditure made disaggregating accommodation possible at disproportionate cost only.