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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months. (171261)

From information held centrally, the core-Department spent £1,030,331 on first-class train tickets in the period October 2006 to September 2007 inclusive.

First-class travel by Ministers, by officials accompanying Ministers and by officials is undertaken in accordance with departmental guidance which encourages people to use public transport wherever possible.

Not all rail travel taken is first class.