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Written Parliamentary Question (Correction)

Volume 527: debated on Thursday 5 May 2011

I regret to inform the House that, unfortunately, an error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), Official Report, 26 April 2011, columns 71-72W. I apologise for the error, which was not identified at the time.

The full answer given was as follows:

Departmental Travel

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on ministerial travel by (a) ministerial car, (b) train, (c) bus, (d) commercial aircraft and (e) private aircraft since May 2010. [50223]

Mr Robathan: In order to keep costs as low as possible our Department uses an electronic booking system together with Hogg Robinson Group that search for and provide the cheapest and competitive prices available through their travel search engines.

Our data currently only extend to January 2011 and are provided in the following table:

Form of transport

Amount spent from May 2010 to January 2011 (£)

Car

29,935.59

Rail

3,043.53

Bus

0

Commercial aircraft

84,133.49

Private aircraft

0

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Robathan: In order to keep costs as low as possible, the Ministry of Defence uses an electronic booking system in conjunction with Hogg Robinson Group that provides the cheapest and most competitive prices available through their travel search engines.

The following table contains some ministerial travel undertaken by the previous Government; it also includes air travel related to operational visits. The available data are for six Ministers and extend only to January 2011.

Form of transport

Amount spent from May 2010 to January 2011 (£)

Car

29,642.37

Rail

2,025.85

Bus

Nil

Commercial aircraft

42,649.54

Private aircraft

Nil