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United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Defence written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) rail, (b) road and (c) air travel by staff of the Hydrographic Office in the last 12 months.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 18 July 2011

Expenditure incurred by United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) employees on travel in the last 12 months, covering the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011, is as follows:

Travel by: Spend (£)
Rail (1)36,165
Road 65,413
Air (2)770,728
(1 )This covers the period from 1 July 2010 to 31 March 2011. (2) Air travel spend includes VAT as provided by the Ministry of Defence's central booking service, Hogg Robinson Group.

While the UKHO encourages its international partners to visit Taunton, it is often necessary for employees to travel to ensure the appropriate level of international engagement. All such travel and accommodation costs are closely scrutinised internally to ensure that it is necessary and satisfies a clear business critical need. Travel is funded from within the UKHO's operating costs. All travel is at standard class except for long haul flights over four hours. We have recently invested in additional video conferencing facilities which will be used as an alternative to travel wherever possible.

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