§ Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Defence approximately how many indulgence flights were allowed to the members of the Ministry of Defence staff in the 12 months to the latest convenient date; and what was the approximate cost.366W
§ Mr. William Rodgers
Indulgence passengers travel in spare seats on aircraft already tasked for defence purposes. They pay a charge covering administrative expenses, in-flight meals and, where appropriate accommodation. In the 12 months to 31st March 1976 there were approximately 24,000 indulgence passengers including some members of the Ministry of Defence Headquarters staff. As flights are not provided specially for indulgence passengers, no extra flying costs are incurred.