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Members Of Parliament (Lecture Tours)

Volume 888: debated on Monday 17 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will give for the longest and most convenient stated period of time full details of lecture tours and other visits arranged by or in any way assisted by his Department to countries effecting visits of Members of both Houses of Parliament; who participated in such visits; what fees were paid; what expenses were involved; and on what basis the selections were made.

In the period from 1st April 1972 to 31st March 1975 lecture

The hon. Member for Portsmouth, North,
Mr. JuddU.S.A28th January to 15th February 1973.NilFares and subsistence.
The hon. Member for Berwick and East Lothian,
Mr. MackintoshSouth Africa19th February to 1st March 1973.Nilditto
Lord ThorneycroftItaly26th to 27th February 1973.Nilditto
The hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury,
Mr. RidleyU.S.A13th to 28th March 1973.£41·00ditto
The rt. hon. Member for Bermondsey,
Mr. MellishTurkey and Middle East23rd April to 4th May 1973.Nilditto
Baroness White of RhymneyFinland10th to 12th August 1973.NilFares only.
The hon. Members for Bridgwater, Exeter, Shoreham, Herts. S.,
Mr. King,Canada.23rd September to 14th October 1973.NilFares and subsistence
Mr. Luce
Mr. Parkinson
Baroness White of Rhymney.Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland.1st to 9th October 1973Nilditto
The hon. Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles,
Mr. SteelU.S.A25th November to 9th December 1973.Nilditto
Mr. C. MayhewAlgeria, Lebanon, Arab Republic of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia.30th December 1973 to 16th January 1974.Nilditto
Lord DenningTrinidad, Guyana and Barbados.1st to 12 January 1974Nilditto
Sir Tufton Beamish (now Lord Chelwood)U.S.A17th February to 1st March 1974.Nilditto
The hon. Member for Aldershot,
Mr. CritchleyU.S.A8th to 31st March 1974£52·23ditto
The hon. Member for East Grinstead,
Mr. Johnson SmithU.S.A13th to 17th May 1974Nilditto
Lord FeatherAustralia, India, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.9th November to 8th December 1974£75·00ditto
Lord CaradonAustria (to East-West Conference).12th to 16th November 1974.NilFares only.
The hon Members for Greenock and Port Glasgowand Aberdeen, South
Dr. Mabon
Mr. Sproat
The hon. Member for Berwick and East Lothian,
Mr. MackintoshU.S.A. and Canada19th October to 8th November 1974.NilFares and subsistence.
The hon. Member for Hornchurch,
Mr. WilliamsCanada19th February to 6th March 1975.Nilditto
tours by Members of both Houses of Parliament were arranged as follows:

A certain number of Members of both Houses of Parliament who were making private visits abroad also undertook lec-






The rt. hon. Member for Newham, North-East, Mr. PrenticeCanada24th to 30th September 1972.NilLocal travel and subsistence.
Lord GarnerCanada and U.S.A.28th September to 28th October 1974.Nilditto
The rt. hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland, Mr. GrimondU.S.A21st to 27th October 1973.Nilditto
Lord BarberU.S.A3rd to 8th October 1974.NilSubsistence only.
The rt. hon. and learned Member for Surrey, East, Sir G. HoweCanada18th January to 2nd February 1975.NilLocal travel and subsistence.

Selection of Members of both Houses of Parliament is made from those interested in the question and available at the time. Additionally, during the same three-year period assistance has been given to three parliamentary groups, from a programme for encouraging European links, at a cost of £1,692 as a contribution towards their total visit costs. Visits under these arrangements were made to France in 1973 and to the German Federal Republic and Ireland in 1974. The timings of these visits and the selection of participants were a matter for the groups themselves.