HC Deb 13 June 2002 vol 386 cc1395-6W
Mr. Tyrie

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 his(a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. [58725]

Mr. Douglas Alexander

I have been asked to reply.

Between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002, Special Advisers in the Cabinet Office travelled abroad on six occasions, at an average cost of £5,626.26 per trip as the trips involved covered long distance and several countries at a time. All travel by Special Advisers is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code, and the Civil Service Management Code.