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Royal Family

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 7 June, Official Report, column 82–83, what was the cost to his Department of each of the visits by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; and what were the sums involved in categories of expenditure within the cost of each visit.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: The costs to date to the Department of the overseas visits undertaken by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during the financial year 1992–93 at the request of Government Departments are as follows:

France12 Maynil
Malta27 to 31 May26,900
France9 to 12 June47,600
United States of America13 to 14 Julynil
Germany19 to 23 October82,700
Dominica, Montserrat,
British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands11 to 20 Marchnil
It is not possible to provide details of each category of expenditure without disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 7 June, Official Report, columns 82–83, if he will list the official engagements undertaken on each visit by (a) Princess Alexandra, (b) the Duke of Kent, (c) the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and (d) Princess Margaret.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]:The main official engagements undertaken during these visits were as follows:

  • a. Princess Alexandra
    • USA
    • 60th anniversary celebrations of Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington.
    • Reception to honour cooperation between UK and US armed forces.
    • Columbia lighthouse for the blind.
    • Corcoran gallery of art.
    • Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada
    • Red Cross headquarters
    • Centre for physically handicapped children.
    • Fort King George and fine arts centre.
    • Newlo children's rehabilitation centre.
    • Workshop for the blind.
  • b. The Duke of Kent Japan
    • Priority Japan campaign—export promotions visits in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya including visits to department stores, meetings with local government, tour of airport, visits to factories, visit to exhibition, meetings with senior businessmen and British Chamber of Commerce, visit to research laboratories and meetings with politicians and members of Japanese Royal family.
    • Italy
    • Columbus 1992 ships and the sea exhibition.
    • Genoa metro project.
    • Germany
    • Munich Electronica Trade Fair.
  • c. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
    • Belgium
    • British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.
    • 1992 Britain in Brussels festival:
    • —Industrial design exhibition;
    • —Scottish silver exhibition.
  • d. The Princess Margaret
    • Netherlands
    • International garden festival, Zoetermeer Het Loo (Palace).