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Departmental Rail Travel

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on first class rail travel for officials in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (293337)

My Department’s spend on first class rail travel is set out in the following table.

Expenditure (£)

2006-07

14,523.24

2007-08

7,431.06

2008-09

10,710.80

The majority of this expenditure is for travel between Belfast and Dublin. These figures include all first class rail travel booked through my Department’s central travel booking service. It does not include the cost of travel paid for by individual members of staff and then reclaimed from the Department. This additional information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.