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Departmental Travel

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each year since it was established; and what percentage of the Commission’s overall expenditure was spent on such travel in each such year. (181539)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it only holds information on travel expenditure dating back to the financial year 2003-04. This information is set out in the following table.

April to December 2007

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Local travel costs (£)

186,957

227,147

202,337

266,574

269,480

Overseas travel costs (£)

18,092

5,055

13,931

39,227

32,693

Local travel (Percentage total expenditure)

1.25

1.02

0.92

1.07

1.36

Overseas travel (Percentage total Expenditure)

0.12

0.02

0.06

0.16

0.16

These figures include travel costs for both staff and Commissioners.