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Special Advisers

Volume 410: debated on Tuesday 2 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. [126670]

Between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003, special advisers in the Ministry of Defence travelled abroad on 12 occasions and visited the following countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Crete
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Turkey
  • USA
The average cost of each visit was £1,398.All travel by special advisers is undertaken fully in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code.