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Departmental Travel

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and its predecessors travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on government business in each year since 1997. (298536)

The number of miles travelled by Ministers and officials in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its predecessors, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department for Trade and Industry was:

Car

Rail

Air

2001/02

n/a

n/a

18,117,046

2002/03

n/a

n/a

17,831,460

2003/04

n/a

n/a

17,103,168

2004/05

n/a

n/a

15,209,065

2005/06

1,783,791

7,496,655

13,459,268

2006/07

1,354,339

5,951,156

13,222,598

2007/08

1,083,264

3,563,015

11,133,497

2008/09

1,016,016

3,743,614

12,851,760

Note: Mileage details are not available prior to 2001/02; car and rail mileage details were not recorded before 2005.

The number of miles travelled by Ministers and officials in the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills since it was formed in June 2007 was:

Car

Rail

Air

2007

n/a

1,479,709

445,283

2008/09

n/a

1,738,674

353,399

Note: Car mileage details are not available for DIUS travel; to obtain this information would entail disproportionate costs.

Details for Ministers and officials are not separately recorded; to provide this information would entail disproportionate costs. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Civil Service management Code. All staff must ensure they use the most efficient and economic means of travel.