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.