§ David Davis
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the travel costs incurred(a) by her Department and its predecessors and (b) by each Minister within her Department, for each of the last 10 years. 
§ Mr. Caborn
All official travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules contained in the Department's staff handbook and all ministerial travel is undertaken fully in accordance with the rules set out in the "Ministerial Code" and "Travel by Ministers", copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
In respect of overseas travel by Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. These report 296W information reaching back to 1995–96. Information for earlier years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost and in some cases will no longer be held. Information for 2003–04 will be published in due course.
The following table shows domestic ministerial and overall Departmental expenditure on travel and subsistence combined. An analysis on travel only is not recorded on the Department's accounting system and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
£ Financial year Departmental Of which ministerial 2003–041 839,928.68 15,044.44 2002–03 876,636.96 24,719.22 2001–02 750,593.38 17,386.39 2000–01 807,806.27 31,931.38 1999–2000 755,429.32 24,539.59 1998–99 643,283.50 22,913.88 1997–98 582,564.51 11,697.81 1996–97 242,031.00 2— 1995–96 280,104.00 2— 1994–95 266,092.00 2— 1Financial year 2003–04 costs are provisional pending finalisation of Department's annual accounts. 2Information for these years is not recorded separately. Figures from Financial year 1994–95 to 1996–97 are only available on cash basis (rounded).