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Departmental Travel

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government business in each year since 1997. (298551)

The Department does not hold or record any information on miles travelled by car for either ministers or officials centrally. This information could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. The Department also does not hold any records with reference to mileage on rail and air travel prior to October 2007. However the following information collected since October 2007 can be provided:

October 2007 to March 2008: Ministers travelled 3,102 miles by rail and Officials travelled 74,196 miles by rail.

April 2008 to March 2009: Ministers travelled 7,997 miles by rail and Officials travelled 199,416 miles by rail.

October 2007 to March 2008: A total of 168,544 miles by air was travelled by both Ministers and Officials. We do not have separate figures for Ministers and Officials.

April 2008 to March 2009: A total of 743,851 miles by air was travelled by both Ministers and Officials. We do not have separate figures for Ministers and Officials.