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Special Advisers

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 (a) departmental and (b) non- departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. [126667]

Between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003, one of the special advisers in the Department travelled abroad on one occasion, at a cost of £1,000.40. This was to Madrid and Segovia to accompany the Secretary of State at an intergovernmental conference on 'European enlargement, decentralisation and institutional reform' and at bilateral meetings with Spanish Government and regional Government Ministers.All travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code, and the Civil Service Management Code.