§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) of 11 March 2002Official Report, column 654W, on accommodation costs, what the cost was from April 2001 to March 2002 of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home; how many members of staff were so accommodated in the year in question; and what the average cost was per paid-for night of these stays. 
§ Dr. Moonie
The Ministry of Defence does not hold data on hotel bookings and costs in the format requested. However it is possible to give the following figures for MoD civil servants who were required to be away from their homes on official business during the period April 2001 to March 2002:
£ Total cost of hotel accommodation (B + B terms) 15,035,034 Total number of nights accommodated in a hotel on duty 246,003 Total number of bookings 79,655 Average cost per night (B + B terms) 61.12
The total cost of £15 million quoted above differs from that given in my previous response. This is because the earlier figure was for the period May 2001 to April 2002 and was only a projected figure based on incomplete data.