To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department’s policy is on the purchase of premium economy and business class flights by departmental senior executives; and if she will set out how much of the £24,065.94 total expenses incurred by senior executives set out in the publication DFID senior executives business expenses were due to expenditure on premium economy or business class flights.
DFID policy is for employees always to use the most efficient and economic means of travel for duty visits. All journeys of up to 5 hours must be in economy/standard class. Journeys of over 5 hours must also be in economy/standard class unless there is legitimate business approval provided in advance for a higher standard of travel.
Details of Senior Executives’ expenses, which include a breakdown of expenditure on premium economy and business class flights, can be found at the following address https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/669802/travel-april-june-2017.csv/preview