§ Mr. MacFarquhar
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.186W
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 3rd July 1978; Vol. 953, c. 60–61], gave the following reply:
I regret that this information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The only civil servants normally entitled to travel first class by air are those graded undersecretary and above, and also those at assistant secretary level when making flights of at least four hours flying time without a break. Other civil servants are allowed to travel first class only if, for example, they have to accompany a more senior officer who is himself entitled to first-class travel.