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Ministerial Travel

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his findings in relation to his trip to China in February; what the itinerary was; and what the cost was. (73558)

During my trip to China in February I undertook 28 engagements across five cities, covering all of the themes of the China Task Force, including meetings with Premier Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, State Councillor Tang and Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

The engagements covered issues such as health, education, sustainable development, urban regeneration, and the Olympics as well as maintaining high level political contacts.

Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year and total costs of all ministerial overseas travel. Copies are available in the Library.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many miles he travelled in his ministerial car in April. (73885)

This information is not collected centrally. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the guidance “Travel by Ministers”.