Ministerial Visits

Scotland written question – answered at on 1 July 2004.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the travel costs incurred by (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) each Minister within his Department, for each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) (Scotland)

All official travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules contained in the staff handbook and all ministerial travel is undertaken fully in accordance with the rules set out in the "Ministerial Code" and "Travel by Ministers", copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

In respect of overseas travel by Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2003–04 will be published in due course.

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. The following table shows ministerial and overall expenditure on travel and subsistence since that date.

£
Financial Year Office Of which ministerial:
2003–04(8) (9)277,554 (10)13,147
2002–03 382,238 35,865
2001–02 382,618 52,122
2000–01 388,194 69,336
1999–2000(11) 226,244 46,575

(8) Financial year 2003–04 costs are provisional, pending finalisation of Annual Accounts.

(9) Of which £67,170 relates to expenditure incurred by the Office of the Advocate-General. Expenditure by the Office of the Advocate-General for earlier years is not held separately.

(10) Of which £1,552 relates to expenditure incurred by the Office of the Advocate-General.

(11) Part year, the Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999.

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