§ Mr. MacFarquhar
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil servants in his Department have travelled first class by air on official business in each of the past three years; what was the cost of their tickets; and how much would have been saved if they had travelled economy class.44W
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Such information as is readily available indicates that the number of civil servants in the Home Office who travelled first class by air on official journeys in the years 1975, 1976 and 1977 were 35, 33 and 20 and that the costs of their tickets were £8,390, £12,036 and £7,106 respectively. I regret that further information cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost.