Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Travel

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last four years.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The FCO’s expenditure on taxi, first class rail and business class air travel is detailed in the table below. The data on taxi travel shows the total global expenditure in the UK and all overseas Posts. The data on first class rail and business class air represents travel booked through the Government’s nominated travel agency.

Financial Year

Taxi Travel

First Class Rail Travel

Business Class Air Travel

2013/14

£1.4m

£1,590

£5.4m

2014/15

£1.3m

£3,057

£4.5m

2015/16

£1.7m

£2,597

£4.6m

2016/17

£1.5m

£142

£3.3m

FCO policy is that public transport should be used whenever possible

All FCO staff are directed to use standard class for rail travel unless there are exceptional circumstances e.g. illness, disability or where First class facilities are essential for working while travelling. In these exceptional circumstances, prior line management approval must be given.

FCO staff travelling by air are required to book the lowest standard fare possible, subject to budget holder approval. As the FCO is present in over 170 countries there is oftern a need for long distance travel.

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