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Departmental Travel

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times since 2001 he has taken flights within his departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club class and (c) by helicopter; and who accompanied him on each trip. [95382]

Since 2001 my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has taken three scheduled business class UK flights, one accompanied by one person, another accompanied by two people and the third accompanied by three people. During this period he has taken one chartered helicopter flight accompanied by five people.All travel was undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many overseas trips were undertaken by him and other Ministers since May 2001 itinerary, which officials and dignitaries they met; and what the itinerary was of each visit; [83421](2) how many regional visits within the United Kingdom were undertaken by him and other ministers since May 2001; and how many times he has visited

(a) Wales and (b) Scotland since May 2001. [83422]

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the overseas trips made by himself and other members of his ministerial team in 2002; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was in each case. [101489]

I refer the hon. Members to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley, South (Mr. Alexander) to the Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 334W.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress in his international work; and what overseas visits he made in the last 12 months. [99888]

My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister chaired the cabinet committee which prepared the UK's position for the world summit on sustainable development in South Africa and held a number of important bilateral meetings in connection with the summit. My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister also continues to undertake international work on behalf of the Prime Minister, and has held a number of meetings with visiting Ministers in London.In addition to his attendance at the summit in South Africa, right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has also visited Canada, Brazil, China, India, Denmark and Japan.