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India: Overseas Trade

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many officials of each grade in his Department visited India on official business (a) in 2008 and (b) in 2009 to date. (268520)

The number of BERR officials by grade who visited India on official business in 2008 was:

4—Range 6 (Executive Officer)

8—Range 9 (Senior Executive Officer)

21—Range 10 (Grade 7)

11—Range 11 (Grade 6)

12—Senior Civil Servant

For the period January 2009 to March 2009, the number of BERR officials by grade who visited India was:

2—Range 4 (Admin Officer)

8—Range 8 (Higher Executive Officer)

6—Range 9 (Senior Executive Officer)

5—Range 10 (Grade 7)

2—Range 11 (Grade 6)

5—Senior Civil Servant

All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Code and Civil Service Management Code. In BERR the criteria for booking travel is value for money based on cost and convenience.