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Departmental Aviation

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse. (296551)

Following a machinery of government change the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was formed in June 2009. The figures below relate to the Departments before the merger.

The amount spent and number of flights by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform within Great Britain for the period 2008-09 was:

Number of flights—1,035

Spend—£185,446

The amount spent and number of flights by the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills within Great Britain for the period 2008-09 was:

Number of flights—152

Spend—£31,331

Figures are for the ex Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) part of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) only. Under a shared service arrangement the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) administers the account on behalf of DIUS to its former Department for Education and Skills (DfES) staff. To isolate the DfES figures would incur disproportionate costs.

All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Civil Service Management Code and departmental staff handbooks.