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Northern Ireland Office: Travel

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five financial years to officials of the Northern Ireland Office for travel to Great Britain. [HL793]

The isolation of travel costs for journeys to Great Britain would involve a manual investigation of payments, which could only be carried out at disproportionate cost.

The department advises that staff should ensure that any business-related journeys are a necessity and that all alternative methods of carrying out the tasks to be performed are investigated; for example, use of video-conferencing equipment to reduce the need to travel to meetings. The Northern Ireland Office has offices in both Belfast and London and, due to the nature of the work it carries out, travel to Great Britain by its staff is sometimes unavoidable. Where this is the case, the most cost-effective means of travelling is sought.