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China (Ministerial Visits)

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Prime Minister whether she will list the Ministers who have paid official visits to China in each of the last five years and the year of each such visit.

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's records, the information requested is as follows:1983

  • January:—The right hon. Patrick Jenkin, MP, Secretary of State for Industry.
  • November:— The right hon. Peter Walker, MBE, MP, Secretary of State for Energy.

1984

  • March:—The right hon. Paul Channon, MP, Minister for Trade.
  • April:—The right hon. Sir Geoffrey Howe, QC, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
  • July:—The right hon. Sir Geoffrey Howe, QC, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
  • December:—Mr. A. Buchanan-Smith, MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy.
  • The right hon. Margaret Thatcher, FRS, MP, Prime Minister.
  • The right hon. Sir Geoffrey Howe, QC, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

1985

  • March:—The right hon. Lord Young of Graffham, Minister without Portfolio, and trade delegation.
  • September:—The right hon. Nicholas Ridley, MP, Secretary of State for Transport.
  • November:—The right hon. Michael Jopling, MP, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • December:— The right hon. Lord Young of Graffham, Secretary of State for Employment.

1986

  • January: —Mr. Timothy Renton, MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • April:—Mr. Norman Lamont, MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement.
  • The right hon. Richard Luce, MP, Minister for the Arts.
  • July:—The right hon. Timothy Raison, MP, Minister for Overseas Development.
  • October:—State Visit by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by the right hon. Sir Geoffrey Howe, QC, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
  • November:— The right hon. Lord Young of Graffham, Secretary of State for Employment.
  • Mr. George Walden, CMG, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science.

1987

  • May:— Mr. Michael Spicer. MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
  • September:—The Lord Skelmersdale, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security.
  • October:—The right hon. Lord Young of Graffham, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.