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Departmental Travel

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is given to her staff on use of sustainable travel for business purposes. (209048)

The Department for Transport and its agencies base their travel policy on the requirement that travel should only be undertaken where necessary, and after alternatives have been considered. Public transport should be used wherever possible.

Additional measures, such as detailed travel plans, are being developed and rolled out throughout the Department to reinforce the commitment to sustainability and the lowering of environmental impact. In addition, the central Department has published a sustainable travel site on its intranet which offers advice on alternatives to travel, and on sustainable travel choices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether sustainability of mode of travel is taken into account by her Department when approving staff travel expenses. (209049)

The Department for Transport and its agencies operate travel policies that only permit travel to be undertaken when it is necessary and after alternatives have been considered, and stipulate that public transport should be used wherever possible. Management checks and approval of claims must include compliance with travel policy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department paid in staff travel costs in each of the last three years, broken down by mode of transport. (209050)

Travel spend is accounted differently across the Department for Transport and its agencies, and hence it is not possible to provide a consistent breakdown by mode. Travel spend in 2005-06 was £12,650,748, in 2006-07 it was £13,574,340, and in 2007-08 £12,863,666. These figures do not include VOSA as the agency does not hold this information and so could not provide it without disproportionate cost. DSA figures are only included in the 2007-08 total, as the accounting system used before that period did not separate travel from other costs. The 2007-08 total does not include DFT(C) as the information for that year is not currently available.