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Departmental Visits Abroad

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on such visits in each such year. (181598)

The number of visits is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

My Department has recorded the cost of overseas travel by air and rail from April 2004 to December 2007. The countries visited include the USA, Republic of Ireland and other European countries. This information is set out in the following table.

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

All official travel is undertaken in accordance with departmental rules.