§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost was of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
The information requested is not immediately available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
The Department has authority to reimburse expenses incurred by LCD staff in connection with their employment subject to the conditions set out in section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code. However the Lord Chancellor's Department does not maintain separate data on the hotel element within the total of travel and subsistence costs.
Lord Chancellor's Department staff can claim reimbursement of actual expenditure (subject to provision of receipts) within an overall ceiling of £100 per night in London and £90 per night in major cities and £80 per night elsewhere. This ceiling covers hotel bed and breakfast, lunch and dinner and travel between hotel and place(s) visited on official business.