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Departmental Air Travel

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse. (296556)

During 2008-09 the Home Office spent £1.7 million on flights within Great Britain. The Department's spend on all travel in 2008-09, not including expenditure incurred by its agencies, was £14.6 million. The number of flights cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

The requested information for the Criminal Records Bureau cannot be identified without incurring disproportionate cost.

All travel by civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Civil Service Management Code and any other guidance as applicable contained within Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.