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Royal Visit (USA)

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2246W, on the Royal visit (USA), what contact representatives of the Prince of Wales's United States Foundation had with her Department's staff during their Highnesses' official visit to the US; which official events organised by the Government they attended; whether they accompanied their Royal Highnesses on the journey between Washington DC and New York; and if she will make a statement. (79235)

Before the visit by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to the USA, representatives of the Prince of Wales's US Foundation held discussions with a number of Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff as part of the programme preparations to ensure events ran smoothly. US Foundation representatives attended the reception in Washington hosted by our ambassador, and the New York reception hosted by the consul-general, both held in honour of the Royal Highnesses. None accompanied the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on the journey between New York and Washington DC.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2246-7W, on the Royal visit (USA), what each gift which was not a signed photograph was; to whom each gift was presented; and what total costs were reimbursed by her Department for such gifts. (79236)

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 22 June 2006, Official Report, Column 2152W. The total costs of gifts reimbursed was £3,438.38.

The list of gifts, other than signed photographs, which were presented during the visit to the United States is as follows.

American Hosts

Book of the collected essays of Sir Winston Churchill

Paper Knife

Pen Knife (3)

Purse (1)

Hotel Staff

Wallet (2)

Purse (2)

FCO Personnel

Silver Benny Box

Large 2005 Year Box (3)

Pen knife

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2005, Official Report, column 1488W, on the United States (Prince of Wales's visit), whether anyone from the Prince of Wales's United States Foundation accompanied the Prince on his official visit to the US in 2005 at public cost. (79238)

No-one from The Prince of Wales's United States Foundation accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on his official visit to the US at public expense.