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Official Engagements

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) his and (b) his Ministers’ official engagements were for 22 November 2006. (105862)

[holding answer 29 November 2006]: The Secretary of State for Defence met with Cabinet colleagues and attended an MOD operational briefing in the morning before attending the House for Prime Minister’s Question Time and the Foreign Affairs and Defence debate. The Secretary of State also had meetings with other parliamentary colleagues.

The Minister of State for the Armed Forces held a number of departmental meetings with officials in the morning before attending a Ministerial Ad Hoc group on Terrorism. The Minister then attended Prime Minister’s Question Time. He then attended an additional Ministers’ meeting on Terrorism before attending the Foreign Affairs and Defence debate. In the evening the Minister attended a Defence Council reception and an Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme reception.

The Minister for Defence Procurement held a number of departmental meetings with officials in the morning. In the afternoon, Lord Drayson gave an oral PQ answer to Lord Morris, 22 November 2006, Official Report, columns 335-37, followed by a meeting with a representative from EADS before attending a meeting of the Lords Front Bench. In the evening Lord Drayson hosted a Defence Council reception.

The Under-Secretary of State was occupied with departmental business in the morning. During the reminder of the day he attended the House for the Foreign Affairs and Defence debate, and had a number of departmental meetings and one meeting with representatives from the Services Families Federations. In the evening the Minister attended a Defence Council reception and an Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme reception.