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Departmental Official Visits

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months. (228782)

Figures for overnight subsistence expenditure for the Department and six of its agencies are contained in the following table. The remaining agency, The Government Car and Despatch Agency, is unable to separate accommodation from other costs, and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Overnight accommodation, October 2007 to September 2008

£

DfT(c)

843,622

MCA

14,127,000

VOSA

429,000

HA

2865,835

VCA

88,246

DSA

354,707

DVLA

1,160,000

1 The figure for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency largely represents costs associated with surveyors performing the agency's statutory function. These costs are reclaimed from customers. 2 The figure for the Highways Agency is based on accommodation booked through the agency's contracted booking agent, and covers the 11 months October 2007 to August 2008 inclusive, as the September figure is not yet available.