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Lord Levy

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Lord Levy last visited Kazakhstan as the Government’s envoy; what the purpose of the trip was; what meetings he held; and what the cost was to the public purse. (110850)

My noble Friend Lord Levy has only visited Kazakhstan once, on 1-2 September 2003 as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy. During the visit, he met President Nazarbayev, the President’s Foreign and Security Policy Adviser Massimov, Foreign Minister Tokaev and Chairman of the National Bank Grigory Marchenko. During these meetings the then ambassador, James Sharp, and a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official were present, as well as the Kazakh Ambassador to London Yerlan Idrissov and other Kazakh officials.

The purpose of the trip was to discuss the political and economic development of Kazakhstan, and regional issues, and to report back on these subjects.

Details of all my noble Friend Lord Levy’s overseas visits and meetings as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk.

Lord Levy receives no remuneration and travels at his own expense.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries Lord Levy has visited in the last 12 months in his capacity as the Government’s envoy; when each visit took place; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each visit. (110851)

The details of all my noble Friend Lord Levy’s overseas visits and meetings over the last 12 months, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, are on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website (www.fco.gov.uk). Lord Levy undertakes meetings to exchange views on a range of issues, but in the main on the Middle East Peace Process. The visit to Brazil during this 12-month period was also on a range of issues, but in the main on bilateral and regional issues. Lord Levy receives no remuneration and travels at his own expense.