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Middle East: Peace Negotiations

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) allowances, (b) travel costs and (c) accommodation costs have been provided to the staff seconded from his Department to support the work of (i) James Wolfensohn and (ii) Tony Blair in their roles as Quartet Representatives; and if he will make a statement. (200834)

The Quartet Representative's staff, including Department for International Development (DFID) secondees, draw upon the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) fund for business related allowance and travel costs. It is a matter for UNDP to determine whether to publish details of costs.

DFID seconded one staff member to the Wolfensohn team and one to the Blair team. DFID has paid £75,080 directly to its secondees for accommodation, travel and expenses. We cannot provide greater detail of this expenditure for matters of personal privacy. All costs are checked to ensure they were essential to fulfilling the individual's duties as a secondee to the Office of the Quartet Special Representative.