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Ministerial Visits

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will list the (a) foreign and (b) UK visits made by the Secretary of State since 1 April; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; who she met; and what gifts were received. [126885]

The Government publish the overall costs of all ministerial overseas travel and a list of all visits overseas by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 on an annual basis. The list for the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003 was published by the Prime Minister on 16 July 2003, Official Report, column 482W. The next list for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 will be published at the end of the financial year.In respect of gifts received, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 14 March 2003,

Official Report, column 482W.

In the UK, the Secretary of State, Baroness Amos visited DFID's Headquarters in East Kilbride, Scotland in May. The cost of flights and taxis totalled £394.90.