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Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement. (227053)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff claimed £34,938 in expenses for UK taxi travel during the financial year 2006-07. Staff of FCO Services, which was then an Executive agency and is now a Trading Fund, claimed £8,638 in the same period.

We do not hold central records of taxi claims for earlier years. To provide this information would incur a disproportionate cost.