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Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (309320)

Booking and paying for hotel accommodation is devolved to individual Departments and posts to allow them to travel as needed to deliver the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Strategic Objectives. All expenditure is incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety. Records for accommodation and travel are grouped together and to provide a breakdown spanning the period from 2007 to present could be done only at disproportionate cost.