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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 Work and Pensions 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; whom he met; and what gifts were received. [126870]

The Government publishes 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 31 March 2003 was published by the Prime Minister on 16 July 2003, 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 14 March 2003,

Official Report, column 482W.

Between 1 April and 16 July, I have made a number of visits in the UK, the individual cost of each could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.