Ministry of Defence: Travel

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th December 2015.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his departmental expenditure was on travel for (a) military staff, (b) civilian staff and (c) Ministers in each of the previous five years.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

This information is not available in the format requested. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) routinely distinguishes between military and civilian travel and subsistence costs only where these are reimbursed to the individual under our pay and claim arrangements.

Overall departmental expenditure on travel and subsistence has, however, been as follows:

Financial Year

Expenditure

2010-11

£226 million

2011-12

£213 million

2012-13

£213 million

2013-14

£212 million

2014-15

£221 million

Expenditure by the Defence Ministers on travel and subsistence has been as follows.

Financial Year

Expenditure

2010-11

£297,126

2011-12

£295,922

2012-13

£225,300

2013-14

£262,184

2014-15

£259,849

Note: This expenditure includes road transport, rail travel, international and domestic flights and the notional costs of travel in RAF aircraft where they have been available.

Travel by the Defence Ministers and all departmental staff makes a key contribution to achieving Defence objectives. The MOD has sites in many parts of the country, and internationally, and staff need to travel between them. For example, travel enables Ministers and senior leaders to visit troops on operations or to hold discussions with other governments aimed at reducing conflict.

We have achieved savings of over £60 million a year in non-operational travel since 2009-10 and plan to make further savings of 10% over the rest of this Parliament. These savings will be delivered in a number of ways, including a reduction in travel where the business need can be met by alternative arrangements such as video or audio conferencing.

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