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Departmental Rail Travel

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines his Department has in place on train travel by its officials (a) in the UK, (b) between the UK and other countries and (c) overseas. (273679)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidelines for staff travelling by train are as follows:

Within the UK, all staff are entitled to First class rail travel where the one way rail journey time by the quickest and shortest route is two hours or longer according to the published arrival and departure times in the timetable. Standard class rail travel is used by all staff where the one way rail journey time is less than two hours unless there are exceptional circumstances (eg illness, disability) subject to approval by a manager.

Between the UK and other countries, and overseas, officers in band b (executive officer) and above may travel first class. All other staff travel second or standard class.