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Departments: Pressure Groups

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings took place between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups between 1 January and 31 March; and what the date was of each such meeting. (131031)

Ministers and civil servants meet a large number of people and groups in the course of their official duties. Cabinet, Cabinet Committee and parliamentary commitments of Ministers are already in the public domain. Listed as follows are details of all Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister’ meetings with outside interest groups for the period the hon. Member has specified.

Secretary of State

9 January—British Overseas Aid Group (to discuss overseas conflict issues).

9 January—Standard Chartered Bank (to discuss global operations).

23 January—UN Association (to discuss UN matters).

29 January—International Crisis Group (to discuss current global issues).

6 March—Labour Friends of Israel (to discuss Israel and related matters).

14 March—FCO employee trade unions (to discuss union matters).

29 March—Amicus and T and G (to discuss Colombia).

Minister for Europe (Geoff Hoon)

15 January—Burson Marsteller (to discuss Government Policy).

17 January—Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (to discuss EU Wildlife Legislation).

20 February—Confederation of British Industry (to discuss European business issues).

12 March—Eurostar (to discuss new East Midland link to Europe).

21 March—Trade Union Congress (TUC) (to discuss Europe issues).

Minister for the Middle East (Kim Howells)

18 January—Head of Hajj Advisory Group and Chief Medical Adviser—(to discuss UK Delegation to Hajj 2007).

22 January—Chairman of Israeli TUC—(to brief on the work of the Israeli TUC).

8 March—President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)—(to discuss ICRC’s work in the Middle East).

12 March—Chairman and Representatives of the Zionist Federation—(to discuss the Zionist Federation’s plans for commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel).

14 March—Director of International Operations, Save the Children—(to discuss Save the Children’s work in the Middle East, South Asia and Afghanistan).

Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs (Ian McCartney)

9 January—T and G—(to discuss the poultry industry).

11 January—Non-governmental organisation—(to discuss Economic Partnership Agreements).

16 January—Spirits Industry—(to discuss Market Access/Trade Barrier Issues)

25 January—Caritas International—(to make contact with the Vatican).

6 February—Lloyds TSB—(general discussion on Lloyds position on a number of different issues).

22 February—British Bankers Association—(to discuss protection for consumers in hamper industry).

28 February—Caterpillar—(to discuss emerging Markets and construction).

1 March—Black Country Metals—(to discuss plans for UK Trade and Investment engineering sector).

1 March—Great Britain China Centre—Human Rights Project Work.

6 March—Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)—(to discuss the ROSPA’s current work).

6 March—TrustMark—(to discuss the promotion of the TrustMark consumer work).

7 March—China Britain Business Council—(an introductory meeting).

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Lord Triesman of Tottenham)

22 March—Members of the National Executive Committee—(to discuss Columbia).