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Departmental Travel

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade. (187658)

My Department has spent the following amounts on first class travel in 2007:

£

Ministerial travel

2,836.32

Officials

89,606.73

The breakdown by staff grade can be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

My Office is split over two sites, namely London and Cardiff, and staff are required to travel frequently between both offices. The Wales Office, however, makes good use of advanced ticket bookings to achieve value for money.