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Departmental Aviation

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on (a) economy class, (b) business class and (c) first class air travel in the period 1st April 2007 to 17th March 2008. (196257)

The Department for International Development's (DFID) expenditure on flights booked centrally for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 was £6,846,600, including economy class flights costing £1,254,979, business class flights costing £5,540,956 and first class flights costing £50,664. We cannot without incurring disproportionate costs specify precise expenditure as at 17 March 2008.

All air travel is undertaken in compliance with DFID staff rules which preclude use of first class travel, except by Ministers, officials accompanying them, and the most senior members of the senior civil service.