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Departmental Air Travel

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 477W, and pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 741W, on departmental air travel, what distance of air travel was offset by his Department in 2007-08; and what proportion of such travel was (a) domestic, (b) short-haul and (c) long-haul. (250036)

The total distance of air travel used during 2007-08 to offset travel taken by Department for Children, Schools and Families was 1,790,103 km.

The proportion of travel is broken down as follows:

km

(a) Domestic

477,167

(b) Short haul

289,996

(c) Long haul

1,022,939

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) were created as a result of the machinery of government changes in June 2007. The number of air miles used to calculate the DCSF payment for the 2007-08 also includes air travel for DIUS (former DfES staff only). To separate these data would involve disproportionate cost.