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Ministerial Visits

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) foreign and (b) UK visits he has made since 1 April; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; who he met; and what gifts were received [126986]

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 March 2003 was published by my right. hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 16 July 2003, Official Report, column 327W. The next list for the period 1 April 2003 to 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.

The information on UK travel is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.