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Departmental Travel

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) car hire, (b) air travel, (c) hotels and (d) restaurant meals for (i) Ministers and (ii) staff in his Department in each of the last five years. (289974)

The following table shows how much the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, and excluding its agencies and NDPBs has spent on (a) car hire, (b) air travel (c) hotels and (d) restaurant meals for (i) Ministers and (ii) staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

All spending on official entertainment is made in accordance with HM Treasury’s “Managing Public Money”.

Thousand

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Car Hire1

Ministers

0

10

8

7

3

NIO Staff

70

63

42

67

70

Air Travel2

Ministers

573

562

637

535

751

NIO Staff

1,047

1,073

1,107

977

750

Hotels3

Ministers

4

4

4

2

6

NIO Staff

4

4

4

201

199

Restaurant meals5

Ministers

6

6

6

6

6

NIO Staff

6

6

6

6

6

1 There may also be car hire costs within other expenditure codes including general travel. To extract these costs, and verify that they are related to car hire, would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold of £750.

2 Travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively.

3 Up until 2006-07, hotel expenditure was included within night subsistence costs. To extract only hotel costs in these years would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold of £750.

4 Figures not available prior to 2007-08.

5 Expenditure on restaurant meals is included within subsistence or hospitality expenditure. To extract only restaurant meal costs would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold of £750.

6 Figures not available.