asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why they have agreed to change the basis for reporting individual journeys funded by the royal travel grant-in-aid in the annual report of royal public finances 2005–06 from £2,500 to £10,000; and whether this change complies with their commitment to open government.[HL6733]
Her Majesty's Government agreed to a request from the Royal Household that the threshold for listing full details of journeys should be increased to £10,000 in the royal public finances annual report. This change sought to ensure that reporting arrangements for royal travel were more consistent with other grants-in-aid and royal expenditure where figures in the annual report are rounded to the nearest £100,000. The increase in threshold has also resulted in a reduction in the size of the report.
In agreeing to this request, Her Majesty's Government required the household to maintain full details of all journeys funded by the grant-in-aid. The household would provide detailed journey information to Her Majesty's Government to enable HMG to carry out its stewardship responsibilities for the grant-in-aid.