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Departmental Aviation

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on flights (a) within England and (b) outside the UK in each of the last five years. (200494)

Information on flights within England alone could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Department's recorded spend on UK and overseas flights is shown in the following table.

Home Office expenditure on flights

£ million

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

UK

0.99

1.63

1.88

1.05

1.17

Overseas

0.42

2.59

1.65

2.19

1.39

Total

1.41

4.22

3.53

3.24

2.56

The aforementioned figures include expenditure by the core Home Office, the UK Border Agency, the National Offender Management Service and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (the latter two transferred to the Ministry of Justice in 2007).

The Department expects all official travel to be carried out by the most efficient and economic means available, taking into account the cost of travel and subsistence, savings in official time, management benefit, and the needs of staff with disabilities. This is in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code and the Ministerial Code.