Treasury written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies have spent on fees of third party agents in relation to booking hotel accommodation in each such year.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

In 2008-09 the following room nights were booked by Ministers and officials through the booking firm used by the Department and its agencies-HM Treasury 1,074, the Debt Management Office 11 and the Office of Government Commerce 1,990. This information may not be a complete record of all room nights booked as accommodation can be booked by directly by staff. Information on room nights booked in 2007-08 is not available. The Department does not pay third party agency fees but does receive a share of the commission earned by the booking firms.

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