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Hotels

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies spent on hotel and other such accommodation for staff (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad in each of the last five years. (200489)

The Home Office's, Identity and Passport Service's (IPS) and the Criminal Records Bureau's (CRB) recorded expenditure on accommodation is shown in the following table.

Expenditure on accommodation

£000

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Home Office

UK

0

1,033

2,408

1,213

Overseas

1,614

1,467

5,602

4,318

CRB

273

308

461

154

81

IPS

UK

525

589

619

942

1,865

Overseas

0

1

5

10

8

The figures for the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) are included within those of the Home Office's shown in the table.

CRB cannot provide a UK/overseas split without incurring disproportionate cost.

Figures for the Home Office accommodation for 2003-04 and for UK accommodation 2004-05 were included in subsistence account codes and cannot now be separately identified.

The Department expects all official travel, and the associated accommodation, to be undertaken 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.