Departmental Expenditure

Treasury written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons in each year since 2001-02.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The available information is presented in the table. In most cases, the bodies' accounting systems do not record accommodation costs separately, so the figures are for subsistence, which includes accommodation and associated allowances for meals. Therefore further analysis could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2006 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2006-07 will be published after the end of the current financial year.

All travel and subsistence is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code.

£000
Department/agency/NDPB 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
HM Treasury(1) UK 49 85 78 72
Overseas 260 237 272 323
Debt Management Office UK 2 2 1 2 3
Overseas 4 9 6 4 3
Office of Government Commerce UK 339 332 373 455 539
Overseas 26 64 11 10 8
OGCbuying.solutions(2) 74 118 186 191 313
Valuation Office Agency(3) 1,041 1,040 1,164 1,255 1,418
HM Revenue and Customs(4) UK 39,278 40,246 43,254 46,290 44,924
Overseas 3,994 4,162 4,789 4,350 4,519
Royal Mint(3) 490 466 536 486 514
National Savings and Investments(5) 145 117 92 103 125
Office of National Statistics UK 2,264 2,210 2,702 3,005 2,729
Overseas 642 636 612 504 539
Government Actuary's Department(6) UK 5 3 10
Overseas 10 14 17
Statistics Commission UK 0 0 0 1 0
Overseas 0 0 0 0 1
(1) Treasury figures include Ministers, staff and other persons. Treasury subsistence costs for 2001-02 cannot be disaggregated from travel costs.

(2) OGCbuying.solutions figures are for accommodation only, excluding meals, including both UK and overseas accommodation.

(3) The amounts for The Royal Mint and The Valuation Office Agency include both UK and overseas subsistence.

(4) HM Revenue and Customs figures include travel costs of the former HM Customs and Excise which cannot be disaggregated from subsistence.

(5) The figures for National Savings and Investments are the estimated cost of both UK and Overseas travel and subsistence.

(6) GAD are unable to provide any data covering financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03.

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