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Departmental Travel

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of his Department’s overall expenditure was spent on such travel in each such year. (181534)

In 2000-01 the Department moved to resource-based accounting, so the information provided has been restricted to the period 2000-01 to 2006-07. During this period the Department spent approximately 2.25 per cent. of its administrative budget on travel. This information is shown in the following table:

UK travel spend (£)

Overseas travel spend (£)

Percentage of departmental admin costs

2006-07

4,272,127

190,704

2

2005-06

4,883,804

942,076

2

2004-05

3,770,537

250,257

1

2003-04

7,217,286

503,351

3

2002-03

6,779,266

410,130

3

2001-02

7,121,249

425,580

3

2000-01

6,586,987

361,411

3