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  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.