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Hotels

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 the fees of third party agents in booking hotel accommodation in each of those years. (309054)

Hotel bookings by civil servants are undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively, and all expenditure has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

The majority of hotel bookings are made through our hotel contract although some are booked directly. Information on the number of hotel rooms nights booked through our hotel contract is shown as follows.

Department

Purchasing and supply agency

Medicines and healthcare products regulatory authority

April 2007 to March 2008

13,205

1,801

2,500

April 2008 to March 2009

16,723

1,969

2,891

April 2009 to November 2009

12,151

1,161

2,164

No fees are paid by the Department or its agencies for bookings made through its hotel booking contract.