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Hotels

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on fees of third party agents in relation to booking hotel accommodation in each such year. (309318)

The current contract for booking hotel rooms for the Home Office Headquarters, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and UKBA commenced in December 2008. Available information from this contract and since 2007 from the contract with the Identity and Passport Service on the number of nights booked by officials is as follows:

Hotel room nights

January 2007 to November 2008

December 2008 to November 2009

(a) Home Office Headquarters

1

12,345

(b) UKBA

1

16,356

(b) CRB

1

5,977

1Information unavailable.

Hotel room nights

2007

2008

20091

(b) IPS

6,159

10,165

9,376

1To 18 December 2009.

For the period from December 2008 to November 2009, the total fee of the third party agents relating to booking hotel accommodation for both the (i) Home Office Headquarters and (ii) CRB and UKBA equates to £144,469.

Information on hotel room nights booked and the hotel booking fee of the third party agents relating to the previous contract for the Home Office Headquarters and the UKBA for the period January 2007 to December 2008 is unavailable and to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.

For the Identity and Passport Service the third-party agents booking fee is incorporated into the hotel room cost, and a separate figure is unavailable.

Expenditure is incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.