The role of Minister for the North East is within the portfolio of my right hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, East and Wallsend (Mr. Brown), who is assisted in those duties by my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr. Blackman-Woods). The duties and responsibilities of the Minister for the North East are not matters for the Treasury. I can confirm though that my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr. Blackman-Woods) has met her own travel costs and no claims for expenditure on travel have been submitted.