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Departmental Pay

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years. (215238)

Records of expenses are available from 1 April 2002 and are shown in the following table:

Period of the claim

Amount claimed (£)

1 April 2008 to 30 June 2008

0

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

215.21

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

2,024.18

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

435.50

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005

0

1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004

64

1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003

121.65

1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002

1

1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001

1

1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000

1

1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999

1

1 No records available

These figures represent expenses that have been incurred and claimed individually in respect of the special advisers concerned, as part of their role in supporting Ministers on official business.

Procedures for reimbursing staff expenses are set out in departmental guidance and are in line with the provisions set out in the civil service management code. The code can be viewed at:

www.civilservice.gov.uk/iam/codes/csmc/index.asp.