§ Mr. Tyrie
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 21 April 1999,Official Report, column 577, if he will give the total travel 34W cost of each occasion when (a) departmental special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity since 2 May 1997 and (b) the place visited. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
For the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 1999, special advisers in my Department have travelled overseas in an official capacity on two occasions to the USA and France.
The total cost of travel and any hotel accommodation is £7,739. All travel complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code.