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Departments: Visits Abroad

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of visits abroad by staff in his Department and its agencies in 2006-07. (153962)

For details of spending on overseas visits in 2006-07 by staff and Ministers of HM Treasury I refer to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Financial Secretary to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1186W. Information on spending on overseas visits is not separately identified in the accounting systems of National Savings and Investments or the Valuation Office Agency and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Details of spending by the other Departments and agencies is as follows:

2006-07

Department/agency

£000

Debt Management Office

17

Office of Government Commerce

75

OGCbuying.solutions

4

Royal Mint

316

Office for National Statistics

418

Government Actuary’s Department

71

HM Revenue and Customs

1,949

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. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Civil Service Management Code” and the “Ministerial Code”.