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President Putin

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the programme for the state visit of President Putin; and for what reason special events for members of both Houses have not been included in the programme.[121561]

As with all state visits, the programme is a mixture of traditional ceremonial, cultural and substantive elements. Members of both Houses are involved. President Putin will meet my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister for lunch and talks: as is customary he will also meet the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Parties. Members of both Houses are also participating in the Banquets associated with the visit.