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Departmental Air Travel

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many official journeys (a) the Secretary of State and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by plane in each of the last five years. (247508)

The number of official journeys made by plane by (a) Minister of State for the Department for Business and Regulatory Reform and his predecessors and (b) his officials for the last five years was as follows:

January to December each year

(a)

(b)

2005

14

6,098

2006

33

4,912

2007

22

4,101

2008

15

4,029

Figures for 2004 are not available; to obtain these figures would entail disproportionate costs.

Travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively.