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Departmental Visits Abroad

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for (a) Ministers and (b) officials while overseas in each of the last three years. (294698)

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO), including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland but excluding its agencies and Executive NDPBs, spent £2,728.56 on overnight accommodation for Ministers and £11,145.37 for officials while overseas in 2008-09.

Due to the way this expenditure is recorded on the NIO financial system, figures for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08 would be available only at disproportionate cost.

The following link to the Cabinet Office website provides costs for Ministers’ travel overseas, but only provides a total cost of the visit and does not separate the various areas of expenditure;

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/propriety_and_ethics/ministers/travel_gifts.aspx