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Public Service: Reimbursement Of Travel Costs

Volume 571: debated on Monday 29 April 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many different rates there are for travelling costs for those engaged in public service; and whether in the interests of efficiency or simplicity there are any plans to consolidate them.

Information on the travel arrangements for the public service as a whole is not held centrally. As far as the Civil Service is concerned, departments and agencies are responsible for the management of and expenditure on travel expenses incurred by their own staff in connection with their employment. This flexibility enables departments and agencies to determine the most cost effective and economic means of reimbursing travel costs, and to ensure that it fully meets their individual operational requirements.