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Departmental Official Visits

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to the public purse of hotel accommodation for (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (b) his special advisers was for the three day tour that was undertaken between 7 and 9 January 2009; and which hotels (i) he and (ii) his special advisers stayed in during the tour. (247941)

My noble Friend the Secretary of State stayed overnight in Manchester on 7 January in order to host a business breakfast on 8 January. The hotel and accommodation costs were arranged by the agency which deals with overnight accommodation for BERR. My noble Friend, the Secretary of State was not accompanied by a special adviser.