Departmental Travel

Justice written question – answered on 4th April 2011.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last travelled by (i) London Underground and (ii) public bus services on Government business; how many times (A) he and (B) each other Minister in his Department has travelled by each such form of transport on Government business since May 2010; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many of his ministerial team have been issued with (a) an Oyster card and (b) a (i) monthly and (ii) annual travel card valid on London Transport and paid for by his Department for use while travelling on Government business;

(3) on what date (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department last used a ministerial car while travelling in an official capacity; and how many times (i) he and (ii) each other Minister in his Department has travelled to their constituency in a ministerial car since May 2010;

(4) how much his Department has spent on ministerial travel by (a) ministerial car, (b) train, (c) bus, (d) commercial aircraft and (e) private aircraft since May 2010.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Since changes to the Government Car Service in September 2010, only the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. and learned Friend Mr Clarke, had an allocated car, which other members of the ministerial team make use of where possible. No members of the ministerial team have been issued with an oyster card, monthly or annual travel card valid on London Transport and paid for by the Ministry of Justice. Information on the dates each Minister in MoJ last used a ministerial car while travelling in an official capacity and how many times each other Minister travelled to their constituency in a ministerial car since May 2010 is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However, Ministers only have a ministerial car when they are travelling in an official capacity with their red box.

A breakdown of ministerial travel expenditure is as follows:

(a) Total cost of ministerial cars to date from May 2010 to 29 March 2011 is £212,991.

(b) Total cost of ministerial train fares from May 2010 to 29 March is £3,752.96.

(c) No cost has been incurred for ministerial travel by bus.

(d) Total cost of ministerial use of commercial aircraft from May 2010 to 29 March is £14,356.39.

(e) No cost has been incurred for ministerial travel by private aircraft.

Table 1: Breakdown of travel by transport on Government business since May 2010
Date of travel by: Times travelled on:
London Underground Public bus London Underground Public bus
Secretary of State Kenneth Clarke MP Nil Return Nil Return Nil Return Nil Return
Lord McNally 17 February 2011 Nil Return 1 Nil Return
Crispin Blunt MP 20 September 2010 (x2) Nil Return 16 Nil Return
28 September 2010
17 October 2010
18 October 2010
20 October 2010
21 October 2010
25 November 2010
6 January 2011
25 January 2011 (x2)
27 January 2011
9 March 2011
14 March 2011
17 March 2011 (x2)
Jonathan Djanogly MP 2 February 2011 Nil Return 1 Nil Return

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