For figures for ministerial expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, in 1996-97 and 2005-06, I refer the hon. Member to the Prime Minister's answer given on
Costs of foreign travel, including accommodation, for civil servants incurred by the Department in 1996-97 and 2005-06 are not separately identifiable within the Department's accounts and may be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The Department has published rules for official travel in its staff handbook, and all travel is undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out in the "Civil Service Management Code". All ministerial travel is undertaken 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.