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Departmental Travel

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first class air travel in the last 12 months; (171243)

(2) how much was spent by his Department on first- class train tickets in the last 12 months.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1186W and to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1970W.

This figure includes most, but not all, first-class train travel by HMT staff. We do not hold central records of train tickets bought with corporate credit cards or for which paper claims are submitted. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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