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Departmental Travel

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) 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; (181532)

(2) 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.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created by machinery of government changes at the end of June 2007. As there is no central departmental register of overseas visits made by officials or travel expenditure by officials both within and outside the UK, this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, all official travel by the Department’s officials is undertaken in accordance with rules set out in the departmental handbook.