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Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months. (171258)

The Department's accounting system does not separately identify expenditure on first class and standard class train travel. Such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Department expects all official travel to be carried out by the most efficient and economic means available, taking into account the cost of travel and subsistence, savings in official time, management benefit, and the needs of staff with disabilities. This is in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code and the Ministerial Code.

The Cabinet Office produces the annual list of Cabinet Ministers Overseas Travel, and the one for 2006-07 was published on 25 July 2007.