The grant-in-aid for royal travel may be used to pay for all official air and rail travel by members of the Royal Family. Official travel is, broadly, that undertaken for state, representational, or other royal duties, including journeys by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales between residences and travel when required for safety or security reasons.
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What plans they have to review the Memorandum of Understanding between the Keeper of the Privy Purse and the Secretary of State for Transport on royal travel grant-in-aid; and whether the need for greater use of sustainable transport will be included.[HL6736]
Finalisation of the review of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Household and the Department for Transport was deferred pending publication of Sir Peter Gershon's independent report into the provision of air travel for the Royal Family and government Ministers. This was to allow the revision to take account of any implications for royal travel. Sir Peter’s report was published on 29 June. The department and the household will now take forward work to complete revision of the memorandum.
The original memorandum did not include any reference to sustainable transport. The department and the household will consider whether the revised memorandum should establish new criteria on sustainable transport. A copy of the revised memorandum will be placed in the Library of the House.