Scottish Executive Travel

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th November 2001.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

Question S1W-19043

To ask the Scottish Executive how many flights have been taken by (a) ministers and (b) civil servants since 11 September 2001 and how many were with low cost carriers.

Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

The number of flights undertaken by ministers and officials for the period 11 September 2001 through to 12 October 2001 is as follows:

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Return Flights

One Way Flights

Ministers

30

14

Officials

613

82

Five return flights were with low cost carriers.

A low cost reservation service through the Scottish Executive's business travel agent commenced on 4 December 2000 and to date 100 return flights have been booked with low cost carriers.

Business travel schedules of ministers and officials are frequently subject to change at short notice. Low cost carrier bookings are non-refundable and cannot be changed. The majority of Scottish Executive travel is with carriers with whom the Executive has negotiated discount rates and which meet business travellers' requirements on routes, schedules and flexibility.

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