§ Mr. John Patten
asked the Minister for the Civil Service under what circumstances civil servants are obliged to travel first class on railway journeys; to which grades in the Civil Service this applies; how many such journeys are undertaken annually; and what is the total annual extra cost of first as opposed to second-class travel.
§ Mr. Channon
None. Civil servants above the rank of higher executive officer—these represent less than 10 per cent. of the Civil Service—are entitled to travel first class by rail on official duty if they so wish. Central records are not kept of the numbers of rail journeys, so I cannot give my hon. Friend the figures he asks for.