HC Deb 24 May 2004 vol 421 cc1470-1W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department of Civil Service travel expenses has been in each of the last seven years. [172919]

Maria Eagle

The available information is in the table. DWP was formed in June 2001 from the former Department of Social Security (DSS) and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). Travel expenditure information is not available for the former DfEE. Expenditure figures up to and including 2000–01 are for the former DSS only.

Travel Expenditure
1997–98 26,443,081
1998–99 27,427,728
1999–2000 29,164,243
2000–01 30,621,828
2001–02 34,431,759
2002–03 30,813,140
2003–04 33,383,959
Former DSS and DWP payroll systems.