Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Aviation

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 5 June 2023.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask His Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the charter planes used by each of past three Foreign Secretaries.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Foreign travel is a vital part of diplomacy. The work that ministers do overseas ultimately delivers for the British people. We have three government planes for Government business. They are used by Government Ministers for precisely this purpose. This is standard practice and in the national interest.

In accordance with the Ministerial Code, the FCDO publishes the costs related to all overseas Ministerial travel as part of the regular Cabinet Office Transparency Return. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fcdo-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/minister-data#2020

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