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Departmental Travel

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade. (187660)

Travel arrangements are made in the most efficient and cost effective way, all official travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Department/agency staff handbook.

DfT(C) and five of its agencies do not record travel expenditure differentiated by staff grade or class of travel. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Two of the Department’s agencies record first class travel separately. DVLA spent £431,000 during the last 12 months, but do not record staff grade. Highways Agency spent a total of £1,780,142 broken down as follows:

Grade (HA Pay Band)

Value (£)

2

12,341

3

42,984

4

56,770

5

228,786

6

627,062

7

449,401

8

181,196

SCS

111,251

Non civil servants

70,351

These figures do not include costs paid for by the individual and reclaimed through a travel and subsistence claim. Details of this additional expenditure could be provided only at disproportionate cost.