[holding answer 23 November 2006]: I attend Cabinet each week. Following are the dates on which I have attended since my appointment on 5 May 2006:
[holding answer 23 November 2006]: My official title is Minister for Europe.
I do not have a plaque outside my departmental office.
There is, however, a plastic coated sign stating “Minister for Europe’s office” and listing the names of my private secretaries. This is the same sign used by my predecessor.
In line with his responsibilities, my right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe has visited the following member states since his appointment in May 2006 for discussions on key EU dossiers: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Poland, and the Czech Republic. He has also visited Istanbul and Ankara for talks on Turkish accession and Gibraltar and Cordoba for negotiations on the Trilateral Agreement.
As his portfolio includes Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and the Balkans, he has visited Moscow, Almaty, Astana, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje and Podgorica for bilateral discussions.
He represented the Government at the EU-Africa Migration and Development Conference in Rabat in July and was in the ministerial team who attended the United Nations General Assembly in September. He also supported my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister at the EU-Latin America Summit in Vienna in May.
In addition, he is regularly present when the monthly General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels takes place as well as attending the European Parliament Plenary in Strasbourg. He represented me at the informal meeting of Foreign Ministers in Lappeenranta in Finland in September.
He will visit Dublin on 20 November to give a speech at the Institute of European Affairs.