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Pacific Islands

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which of his Department's Ministers have visited Pacific islands since October 2000; and which islands these were. [R] [126513]

My hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle), the then Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visited Kiribati in October 2000 for the Pacific Islands Forum. My hon. Friend the Member for Hove (Mr. Caplin), the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office Whip attended the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji on behalf of my hon. Friend the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Mr. MacShane) in August 2002. I expect to visit the region for the Pacific Island Forum meeting in Auckland in August. Details of my itinerary will be announced in due course.