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Departmental Rail Travel

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what guidance his Department issues on whether members of staff may claim for travel in first class carriages on trains if there are no seats in standard class. (268544)

Employees of the Department for International Development (DFID) must travel by the most efficient and economical means when travelling on official business. Staff are required to travel in standard class carriages for rail journeys within the UK, unless they are expected to work during the trip, when first class travel is allowed. Where no standard class seats are available, staff are permitted to travel first class where this provides the most economical means of meeting the business need.