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Departmental Visits

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and the former Department for Constitutional Affairs spent on visits by their staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a) air and (b) rail. (241255)

It is not possible to determine how much was spent on visits by staff to Brussels as the expenditure is not separately identifiable within the Department’s financial systems. Data on how many overseas visits, to which countries and by which mode of transport are not held centrally. To obtain any such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

It is possible however to provide data for the main divisions within the Department that undertook such journeys to Brussels for the period requested. These are detailed as follows.

Air: 3

Rail: 45

Total expenditure: £19,352.24

The Department has published rules for official travel in its staff handbook, and all travel is undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Civil Service Management Code.