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Departmental Travel

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 995-6W, on departmental travel, how much was spent on hotels used by his Department’s staff in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07. (257269)

Prior to 2007-08, the Northern Ireland Office recorded expenditure relating to hotels under the general expense heading of overnight subsistence. The extraction of hotel costs would require the manual investigation of transactions within the overnight subsistence heading which could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 729W, on departmental travel, how much was spent by his Department's agencies on (a) staff travel within the UK and (b) international staff travel in each year since 1997. (257274)

As each of the Northern Ireland Office's agencies maintain their own finance systems, there are differences in the information that can be provided.

Northern Ireland Prison Service

£

Within UK

Outside UK

Total

1997-98

1

1

948,884

1998-99

1

1

1,780,058

1999-2000

1

1

1,578,014

2000-01

1

1

1,453,299

2001-02

1

1

2,002,319

2002-03

1

1

1,383,910

2003-04

1,382,452

735

1,383,187

2004-05

1,791,044

645

1,791,689

2005-06

1,860,508

4,330

1,864,838

2006-07

1,634,440

3,805

1,638,245

2007-08

1,415,943

2,051

1,417,994

1 Not available.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service is able to provide a breakdown of UK and international travel expenditure from 2003-04 in the format required. To split the expenditure in the same way prior to this would involve a manual investigation of all claims which would incur disproportionate costs.

Compensation Agency

£

Within UK

Outside UK

Total

1997-98

1

1

12,474

1998-99

1

1

14,066

1999-2000

1

1

12,807

2000-01

1

1

16,533

2001-02

1

1

10,211

2002-03

1

1

24,413

2003-04

1

1

21,151

2004-05

1

1

17,281

2005-06

1

1

17,174

2006-07

1

1

13,342

2007-08

1

1

6,618

1 Not available.

Compensation Agency expenditure on travel is grouped under the same heading as subsistence. The figures therefore include both travel and subsistence. To provide separate costs and give details of whether the staff travel was within or outside the UK can be done only at disproportionate cost.

Youth Justice Agency

£

Within UK

Outside UK

Total

1997-98

1

1

1

1998-99

1

1

1

1999-2000

1

1

1

2000-01

1

1

1

2001-02

1

1

1

2002-03

1

1

1

2003-04

184,499

0

184,499

2004-05

173,318

0

173,318

2005-06

192,926

0

192,926

2006-07

244,107

535

244,642

2007-08

225,663

0

225,663

1 Not applicable

The Youth Justice Agency was launched on 1 April 2003.

Forensic Science Agency of Northern Ireland

£

Within UK

Outside UK

Total

1997-98

1

1

1

1998-99

1

1

1

1999-2000

1

1

1

2000-01

1

1

1

2001-02

1

1

1

2002-03

1

1

1

2003-04

1

1

1

2004-05

1

1

1

2005-06

1

1

1

2006-07

1

1

107,127

2007-08

1

1

111,182

1 Not available.

FSNI’s current finance system has only been in operation since 2006-07 and groups expenditure on travel under the same heading as subsistence. To provide the other information requested would involve a manual investigation of claims and could be done only at disproportionate cost.