§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 26 February 2002,Official Report, column 117W, regarding the cost of rail travel by Department staff, how many staff undertook the first class rail journeys in 2001. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The DTI has devolved to local management the authorisation of travel claims for its staff, subject to checking procedures. It does not record detail of the number of staff undertaking first class rail journeys separately from other data recorded when paying travel expenses paid for staff engaged on departmental business. To provide the information requested would entail disproportionate cost.