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Hotels

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five years. (305656)

The following table shows how much the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, and excluding its agencies and NDPBs has spent on hotel accommodation for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in each of the last five years.

£

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Ministers

1

1

1

1,889

5,852

Special Advisers

1

1

1

230

806

Civil servants

1

1

1

198,482

200,335

1 Figures not available prior to 2007-08.

Up until 2006-07, hotel expenditure was included within night subsistence costs. To extract only hotel costs in these years would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold of £750.

Travel by Ministers, special advisers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively.

Details on overseas visits undertaken by Ministers costing over £500 can also be found on the Cabinet Office website by using the following link:

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