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Airports: Official Hospitality

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times VIP facilities at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted Airport were hired by Her Majesty's Government in each month since May 2006; and what the expenditure on VIP facilities at each was in each of those months. (196874)

Based on Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) records since May 2006, there were 4,309 official FCO bookings at an estimated cost of £1,273,140. Actual costs, for the financial year 2007-08, will be available on receipt of BAA's final bill (trading statement) for that period.

A monthly breakdown of official usage is given as follows.

Bookings from May 2006 to March 2008

Number of bookings

Total cost (£) (estimated)

Heathrow

2006

May

414

114,264.00

June

353

97,428.00

July

103

28,428.00

August

44

12,144.00

September

109

30,084.00

October

209

57,684.00

November

310

85,560.00

December

52

14,352.00

2007

January

176

48,576.00

February

175

48,300.00

March

252

69,552.00

April

174

48,024.00

May

242

66,792.00

June

240

66,240.00

July

174

48,024.00

August

67

18,492.00

September

184

50,784.00

October

170

46,920.00

November

140

38,640.00

December

97

26,772.00

2008

January

105

28,980.00

February

115

31,740.00

March

83

22,908.00

Total

3,988

1,100,688.00

Gatwick

2006

May

30

12,480.00

June

11

4,576.00

July

8

3,328.00

August

0

0.00

September

12

4,992.00

October

10

4,160.00

November

14

5,824.00

December

12

4,992.00

2007

January

13

5,408.00

February

9

3,744.00

March

14

5,824.00

April

21

13,083.00

May

21

13,083.00

June

27

16,821.00

July

0

0.00

August

6

3,738.00

September

19

11,837.00

October

26

16,198.00

November

21

13,083.00

December

21

13,083.00

2008

January

7

4,361.00

February

7

4,361.00

March

12

7,476.00

Total

321

172,452.00