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Central Office of Information: Hotels

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Central Office of Information has spent on hotel accommodation for its staff in each of the last five years. (305707)

I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to reply to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated December 2009:

As Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question [305707] on hotel accommodation.

The Central Office of Information (COI) spent £83,643 on hotel accommodation for the last financial year that is available, 2008/9.

Central records for the preceding years do not specifically separate hotel accommodation from the rest of travel and subsistence and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

COI have offices throughout the UK. It also organises events nationwide as well as abroad which increases the need for overnight accommodation. This is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively.