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Departmental Public Expenditure

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to reduce costs in his Department.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Office has put in place a strategy to deliver savings in line with the spending review settlement. Progress against this is regularly reviewed by the Departmental Management Board. Savings are being delivered or are planned across the business including on travel costs, accommodation costs and staff costs. For example, travel costs have been reduced by approximately £600,000 to date primarily as a result of my decision to travel to and from Northern Ireland by scheduled airline rather than by private jet which had been the practice of previous Secretaries of State.

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