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Overseas Travel

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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

Ministry of Defence Ministers overseas visits
DateDestinationPurposeType of travel civil/RAFCost (£)
Secretary of State for Defence
12–13 MayFranceWEU Ministerial ParisRAF AirNot yet notified
19–20 MayBosniaVisit British ForcesRAF Air5,843.00
2–3 JuneUSAVisit UN/BilateralCivil Air11,418.00
4 JuneGermanyBilateralRAF Air1,557.00
11–12 JuneBelgiumNATO Ministerial Meeting BrusselsRAF Air3,330.00
23 JuneGermanyVisit British ForcesRAF Air1,609.00
7–9 JulyMadridNATO SummitRAF AirNot yet notified
15–17 SeptemberPoland/UkraineTrilateralRAF Air19,200.00
20–23 SeptemberOman/KuwaitBilateralsCivil Air10,149,00
30 September-1 OctoberNetherlandsNATO Informal Ministerial MeetingRAF Air4,244.00
20–22 OctoberBosnia/ItalyVisit British Forces/BilateralRAF Air5,962.00
30 OctoberFranceBilateralRAF Air2,417.00
3–4 NovemberRussiaBilateralRAF Air15,740.00
Minister of State for Defence Procurement
16–17 JuneFranceVisit to Paris Air ShowRail/RAF Air1,967.00
3–12 OctoberUSABilateralCivil Air10,774.00
24–27 OctoberNetherlandsBilateralCivil Air876.00
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
23–24 MayBosniaVisit British ForcesRAF Air10,895.00
12–13 JuneBelgiumAttend Euro Atlantic Partnership Council, Brussels (for SofS)RAF Air2,350.00
13 JulyPassendaele and Menin Gate, Belgium80th Anniversary and CommemorationRAF Air1,706.00
7–10 OctoberPoland/Romania and HungaryBilateralsRAF Air9,683.00
14–21 OctoberUSABilateralCivil Air5,067.00
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence
19–20 June FranceVisit to Paris Air ShowCivil Air502.00
9–23 SeptemberNew Zealand/AustraliaBilateralsCivil Air15,916.00
16–17 OctoberGibraltarHandover of The Mount to Gibraltar GovernmentCivil Air436.00
The overall costs shown (rounded to the nearest £) are those which can be separately identified as incurred by the offices of the Ministers concerned.

Minister or Ministers, (b) the destination of the trip, i(c) the purpose of the trip and (d) the cost of the trip; and if he will make a statement. [15268]

[holding answer 11 November 1997]: Details of overseas visits by Ministers in my Department between 2 May and 11 November 1997 are as follows: