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Departmental Pay

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department in each of the last three financial years. (303769)

The information requested is as follows:

In 2006-07, reimbursable expenses totalled £7,740

In 2007-08, reimbursable expenses totalled £10,042

In 2008-09, reimbursable expenses totalled £11,621

These reimbursable expenses are in large part due to the work of the four regional press officers, who frequently accompany Ministers on visits across the country.

These expenses also cover the costs of press officers being on duty at the weekends and cover the costs of purchasing newspapers and the rental of BT lines for work-related telephone calls made at the weekend and out of office hours in the evenings.