HC Deb 27 February 2003 vol 400 c686W
Mr. Burns

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were(a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip. [95383]

Ruth Kelly

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has taken four flights, including two return flights, within the UK on departmental business since 2001. One of these flights was in club class. He has taken no charter or helicopter flights.

On one occasion he was accompanied by two special advisers, a press officer and a private secretary; on another by a special adviser, a press officer, a private secretary and an official; on one occasion by a special adviser, a press officer and two private secretaries; and on another occasion by a special adviser and two private secretaries. All travel was undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers, copies of which are available in the Library.