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Departmental Air Travel

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on carbon emissions: Government departments, how much air mileage incurred through departmental travel was used to calculate the departmental payment to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund in each year that his Department has participated in the fund, broken down by (a) domestic, (b) short-haul and (c) long-haul flights. (222141)

The figures requested, which are expressed in kilometres, are shown in the following tables.

2006-07

Km

Short haul

3,624,659.72

Long haul

279,077

Total

3,903,736.72

2007-081

Km

Domestic

3,207,504

Short haul

97,462.96

Long haul

258,625.57

Total

3,563,592.53

1 For 2007-08 an additional category for domestic flights was added.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether those staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted to (i) travel in a cheaper class to the destination and (ii) benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving. (222147)

Official travel for the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies is arranged in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code and departmental travel policy. Staff do not benefit in monetary terms or kind from the savings of travelling in a cheaper class.