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Departmental Travel

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department spent on (a) train travel, (b) air travel and (c) restaurant meals for (i) Ministers and (ii) staff in his Department in each of the last five years. (290116)

The Department for Transport could provide this information only at disproportionate cost.

Travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively, and all spending on official entertainment is made in accordance with the principles set out in Managing Public Money.

The Cabinet Office publishes an annual list of overseas travel over £500 undertaken by Ministers. The 2008-09 list was published on 16 July and can be viewed at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/propriety and ethics/ministers/travel_gifts.aspx

The Department for Transport will shortly be publishing details of expenses and hospitality received by senior officials on a quarterly basis.