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Departmental Travel

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. (181530)

In the Northern Ireland Office’s travel budgets, expenditure relating to journeys within and outside the UK are included together.

These figures are based on calendar year rather than financial year and cannot therefore be compared with the figures shown in the travel budgets. The following table shows the overseas travel costs from April 2004 to December 2007:

Total costs (£)

April to December 2004

85,013

January to December 2005

184,055

January to December 2006

131,907

January to December 2007

80,889

Expenditure for travel in the NIO is held for the current financial year to date plus the previous five financial years. The following table provides details of the NIO’s total travel expenditure (excluding agencies and NDPBs) and compares this against the total departmental expenditure (excluding agencies and NDPBs) in each year since 2002-03:

Total travel expenditure (£)

Percentage of travel expenditure against departmental expenditure

2002-03

4,238,875

0.463

2003-04

4,354,144

0.492

2004-05

4,140,237

0.442

2005-06

4,248,807

0.387

2006-07

4,996,164

0.477

Total

21,978,227

0.450

All official travel is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code, a copy of which is available in the Library for the reference of Members.