The Department of Health spent more than £2m on first class travel in the last 12 months, official figures show.

A total of £2,348,356 was spent on first class travel by ministers, officials and staff in the DH’s agencies between March 2009 and February 2010.

The department spent £7,908 on ministerial travel alone. Some £2.3m was spent by civil servants working for the department.

Staff at the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency spent £16,504, while staff at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Agency spent a total of £7,573.

The figures were released by health minister Phil Hope in a written parliamentary reply to shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Philip Hammond.