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Departmental Visits Abroad

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many members of staff of his Department travelled abroad on official business in each of the last 12 months; (243237)

(2) with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental travel, how many members of staff had their international travel paid for by his Department in the last 12 months.

The number of staff who travelled abroad in each of the last 12 months is shown in the following table.

20072008

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

USA

4

0

0

0

8

1

1

0

3

1

3

2

Europe

5

0

3

2

4

8

0

19

4

0

4

2

Republic of Ireland—Flights2

4

0

4

3

3

3

1

3

3

0

6

6

Republic of Ireland—Rail

14

3

6

8

0

9

8

7

11

10

4

14

1 Five of these staff travelled on the Eurostar.

2 Journeys made to the Republic of Ireland by staff using their private car cannot be identified except at disproportionate cost.

All official business travel undertaken by staff is paid for by the Department.