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Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on visits by its staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a) air and (b) rail. (241258)

The Department spent £325,396 on visits to Brussels during the period 2007-08. This figure includes hotel accommodation.

The number of visits by air and rail was:

(a) air: 69

(b) rail: 1,334

All travel by Civil Servants is undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Civil Service Management Code and departmental handbook.