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Departmental Air Travel

International Development written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) contractual obligations and (b) other processes his Department uses in respect of travel management companies to ensure the best value is achieved when purchasing airline tickets.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) currently contracts with the Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) to manage the purchase of airline tickets. The contract is a call-down contract from the framework competed by the Government Procurement Service (GPS), (formerly known as OGC Buying Solutions). DFID’s contract with HRG requires that they search for and offer the DFID booker the best fare available at the time of booking, including offering any discounted fares negotiated between HMG and airlines.

The DFID Travel Policy states that HRG should be used to book travel and requires travellers to book the best value for money fare. HRG provide DFID with management information to enable the Department to monitor and manage value for money and compliance to travel policy.

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