To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the cost of the twice yearly meetings between Members of the European Parliament and colleagues from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries during each of the past five years. 
According to European Commission development directorate figures, the total cost to the European development fund of EU-ACP joint assemblies and preparatory meetings under the fourth Lomé convention is around £1,400,000, converted at the current exchange rate £1:1.984 ecu.A more precise breakdown is as follows:
- 1991: 340,000 ecu
- 1992: 497,492 ecu
- 1993: 580,000 ecu
- 1994: 219,750 ecu
The European development fund covers the costs of the ACP participants only. Figures for other costs are not available.