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Cabinet: Glasgow

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) officials of his Department accompanied him to Glasgow for the Cabinet meeting on 16 April 2009; (273957)

(2) what car journeys he undertook in attending the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009;

(3) how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009;

(4) what expenditure on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) food (i) he and (ii) officials in his Department incurred in connection with the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

I was not accompanied by officials or by special advisers when I attended the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

I travelled by car between Ambleside, Cumbria and Oxenholme station and between Glasgow Central station and the venue for the Cabinet meeting.

£132 was incurred for my return travel by train from Oxenholme station to Glasgow Central station. My transport by car to and from Oxenholme station and between Glasgow Central station and the Cabinet venue was provided by the Metropolitan police, the cost of which is a matter for them.

There was no departmental expenditure on accommodation or food and no officials from the Ministry of Justice attended the meeting.