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Departmental Air Travel

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on business class airline tickets in the last year.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

From 1 January 2011 to 20 November 2011, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has spent a total of £8,193,996 on business class air travel for Queen's messengers, Ministers and staff. This covered 3,903 journeys.

These figures are a 9.8% reduction in costs and a 15% reduction in journeys compared to the same period in 2010.

All travel by Ministers and staff is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code.

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