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Departmental Official Visits

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in the Government Equalities Office staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in the last 12 months. (193542)

Since its establishment as a separate Department on 12 October 2007 the Government Equalities Office has spent £7,256 on overnight accommodation for civil servants, special advisers and Ministers, in Great Britain and overseas. Of this some £90 is attributable to overnight accommodation for the Minister's special adviser and some £100 to the Minister, both costs being incurred on GEO business in Edinburgh.