Following a machinery of government change the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was formed in June 2009. The following figures relate to the Departments before the merger.
The amount spent by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on hotel accommodation for in each of the last five years was:
£ 2004/05 881,845 2005/06 959,798 2006/07 929,210 2007/08 1,051,965 2008/09 1,769,921
The figures include Department of Trade and Industry spend until it was disbanded in June 2007.
The amount spent by the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills on hotel accommodation since it was formed in 2007 was:
£ July 2007 to March 2008 106,608 2008/09 256,885
July 2007 to March 2008
Travel by Ministers, civil servants and special advisers are undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively.
The Department does not separately record overnight accommodation from that of officials—to provide this information would entail disproportionate costs.
Cabinet Office provides an annual list of overseas travel over £500 undertaken by Ministers. These can be accessed at
The list for 2008-09 was published on 16 July. This and earlier lists are available in the Libraries of the House.
Following a machinery of government change the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was formed in June 2009. The following figures include former BERR and DIUS before the merger.
Number of bookings Cost (£) 297 43,070 Note: Figures include overseas bookings
Number of bookings
Figures include overseas bookings
Wherever possible Expotel will book accommodation within indicative rates set by the Department; this may include five star hotels which have special offers available and fall within these rates.
All expenditure incurred is in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook.