To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand; and what plans he has to visit these countries. 
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has met the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, twice this year in February and in early May. He also met the New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark in early May.Discussions with both Prime Ministers covered a range of foreign policy issues, including the Middle East Peace Process, Iraq, Zimbabwe, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and a number of trade and EU related topics.The Foreign Secretary has no present plans to visit either Australia or New Zealand. I will visit both countries in August.