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Select Committees (Visits)

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, what was the cost of (a) home and (b) overseas visits by each Select Committee since 1979; how many members were involved in each visit; and if he will make a statement.

All the information requested for Sessions 1985–86 and 1986–87 is contained in the Sessional Select Committee Returns for those years; costs of home and overseas visits in sessions 1979–80 to 1984–85 are set out in the Sessional Returns, but the number of Members involved in each visit in those years could be discovered only at disproportionate cost; information about the anticipated cost of overseas travel by Committees in the current session was given in my reply to a question by the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on 29 February at columns 642–4; the other information requested for this Session is not yet available, but will be included in the Sessional Return for this session.