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Departmental Conferences

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of such attendance at each conference. (305860)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Office of Rail Regulations buildings attended by civil servants in that office there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. (307453)

Because of the format in which data about how the costs of such events are recorded, the total number of away days and conferences held outside Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) buildings is unavailable.

The independent Office of Rail Regulation only holds separate information on expenditure on away days and conferences since 2007. Any information prior to this date could only be retrieved and provided at disproportionate cost.

Since September 2007, the independent Office of Rail Regulation has spent the following on away days and conferences:

Table 1

Financial year

Away days expenditure (£)

Conference expenditure (£)

2007-081

28,027.31

20,115.95

2008-09

16,667.53

59,427.44

2009-102

25,828.71

25,601.40

1 From September 2007 (when ORR moved to a new accounting system).

2 From April to November 2009.