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Departmental Rail Travel

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (293332)

From information held centrally, the core-department's expenditure on first class rail travel for officials in each of the last three years and the current financial year to date is:

£

July 2006 - March 2007

817,167

April 2007 - March 2008

853,334

April 2008 - March 2009

668,733

April 2009 - August 2009

249,680

Travel by civil servants is undertaken in accordance with Section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code and the principles set out in Managing Public Money. Staff are expected to use the most efficient and economic means of travel.