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Departmental Travel

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months. (320394)

Contracted expenditure by the Home Department, inclusive of the UKBA and the Criminal Records Bureau, on first class rail travel by (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade for the period 1 February 2009 to 10 January 2010 is as follows:

Table 1: First class rail travel

£

Home Office/UKBA

CRB

Ministers

16,570

Staff grades:

Senior Civil Service (SCS)

214,145

39,917

Grade 6

342,378

17,682

Grade 7

781,329

50,761

SEO

701,693

66,579

HEO

137,890

21,796

HEOD

5,065

HMI

13,940

CIO

3,535

EO

63,595

6,781

IO

3,709

PS

2,642

AO

25,666

2,444

AA

1,152

376

Grade unspecified

81,979

9,332

Contracted expenditure by the Home Department, inclusive of the UKBA and the Criminal Records Bureau on first class air travel by (a) Ministers and (b) staff of each grade for the period 1 February 2009 to 10 January 2010 is as follows:

Table 2: First class air travel

£

Home Office/UKBA

CRB

Minister

348

0

Staff grades:

SEO

351

0

HEO

348

0

Note: In a small number of journeys staff were upgraded to first class at no additional cost.

Total expenditure by the Identity and Passport Service on first class rail travel by all staff for the period January to December 2009 was £873,042. A breakdown of expenditure by grade could be made available only at disproportionate cost. There was no expenditure on first class air travel by the Identity and Passport Service.