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Ministerial Visits

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) foreign visits and (b) visits within the United Kingdom she has made since 1 April; whom she met; what the cost was to public funds of each trip; and what gifts were received. [126934]

[holding answer 8 September 2003]: The Government publishes the overall costs of all ministerial overseas travel and a list of all visits 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, 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 1 4 March,

Official Report, column 482W.

Since 1 April, I have undertaken one visit in the UK; to the Royal Agricultural Show in Stoneleigh. Warwickshire. The cost of this visit was over £500. No gifts were received.