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Departmental Official Visits

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in her Department staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in the last 12 months. (193526)

The breakdown of information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the following table sets out the overall UK and overseas accommodation expenditure incurred by Communities and Local Government (for civil servants and Ministers) in the last 12 months.

1 March 2007 to 29 February 2008

£

UK accommodation costs

748,937

Overseas accommodation costs

89,920

All travel by civil servants and Ministers is conducted in accordance with requirements of the Civil Service Management Code and the Ministerial Code.