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Departmental Helicopters

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many journeys by helicopter Ministers in his Department have made since 27 June. (164534)

All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code. Since 27 June, Defence Ministers have travelled by helicopter once, on 12 October, when the then Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support returned to London from the Armed Forces Memorial dedication ceremony at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

In addition, all visitors, including Ministers, use helicopters when visiting operational theatres and military exercises. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.