HC Deb 28 March 2003 vol 402 c479W
Mr. Maples

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what grades in the civil service in her Department are allowed to travel by air(a) first class and (b) business class at public expense when on official duties. [104974]

Clare Short

Within the constraint that all staff are required to use the most efficient and economic means of travel commensurate with meeting operational needs, civil servants working in the Department for International Development (DFID) are, when travelling on official duty, entitled to the class of air travel set out in the following table.

Members of the SASC1 group Other grades
Up to 2½ hours Over 2½ hours Up to 2½ hours2 Over 2½ hours
Business/Economy Business Business Economy Business
First/Business/Economy Business Business Economy Business
First/Economy Economy First Economy Economy
1 Senior Appointments Selection Committee.
2 Staff who are not members of the SASC Group can fly Business Class between Glasgow and London This makes use of a special airline deal under which a Business Class fare is obtainable more cheaply than the standard Economy fare.