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UK Border Agency: Travel

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on first class travel in each year since 2005. (313451)

The amount spent on first class rail travel during the calendar year 2009 was £1,013,841. The amount spent on first class air travel during the calendar year was £10,936. Figures over a longer period are not available as the UK Border Agency changed the contractor through whom travel is booked in December 2008. To seek data from the previous contractor would incur a disproportionate cost.

Because the UK Border Agency’s work is national and indeed international in scope, it is necessary in some cases for staff to travel in order to facilitate that work. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the civil service management and ministerial codes which include limited circumstances in which first class travel will be permitted.

The UK Border Agency is focused on driving down the cost of travel expenditure. In addition the Home Office has a travel contract that enables significant savings to be achieved compared with the standard price of UK rail travel.