The data requested was for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). DCSF was established under the machinery of Government changes on 28 June 2007, therefore the response covers its predecessor the Department for Education and Skills (DFES).
Overnight accommodation costs for overseas travel is inclusive for both Ministers and officials. Expotel the Department’s contractor since 2007 are unable to separate Minister and officials overseas travel and without incurring disproportionate costs are only able to supply data for a period of two years.
Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year, this information includes accommodation costs. Copies are available in the Libraries.