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Overseas Travel

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list each of the overseas trips made by himself and other members of his ministerial team since 2 May, specifying in each case (a) the participating Minister or Ministers, (b) the destination of the trip, (c) the purpose of the trip and (d) the cost of the trip; and if he will make a statement. [15244]

[pursuant to his reply, Official Report, 17 November 1997, c. 78]: My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary and I have undertaken the following overseas visits:

Minister/DestinationPurpose of the tripCost (£)
Chancellor of the Duchy
WashingtonTo meet with key figures in the US as part of the preparation for the Better Government White Paper24,227
AustriaTrilateral discussions with Austrian and German Ministers on co-ordinating a better EU regulation strategy across the three countries' consecutive EU Presidencies£3,905
Canada and BostonTo investigate how the Canadian Freedom of Information system works and to follow up discussions with leading academics at Harvard on Better Government16,994
New Zealand and AustraliaFact finding visit on Freedom of Information and Better Government29,235
Parliamentary Secretary
Malaysia and SingaporeInvestigate the use of IT in the delivery of public services in these countries and the public service reforms which both have introduced10,528