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Departmental Aviation

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months. (171244)

It is not possible to list the costs spent on (a) business class and (b) first class air travel by the Department in the last 12 months as the expenditure is not separately identifiable within the Department’s accounts and may be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the “Ministerial Code” and “Travel by Ministers”, copies of which are available in the Library of the House for the reference of Members. The Cabinet Office has recently published the annual list of Cabinet Ministers overseas travel for 2006-07.

All official travel by civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the “Civil Service Management Code”, a copy of which is also available in the Library of the House for the reference of Members.