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European Assembly (Visitors' Subsidies)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the subsidy payable from EEC funds in respect of each visitor to the European Assembly; what is the mechan- ism for paying such subsidies; and if he will make a statement.

Approved groups of between six and 35 people visiting the European Parliament in Luxembourg or Strasbourg are paid travel expenses of Belgian Francs 1·8 (2·9p) per person per km. for the first 1,000 kms. increasing to BF 2·2 (3·6p) thereafter. Payments, from the European Parliament budget, are made in local currency when the groups arrive at their destinations. No other subsidies are payable.The small number of journalists and other selected individuals invited to visit the Parliament receive full travelling expenses and the cost of up to two nights in a hotel.