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Departmental Visits

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his official engagements were between 8 and 31 October 2007. (162639)

Between the 8 October and 29 October, I had various meetings in London and Scotland, including with ministerial colleagues and officials from the MOD and Scotland Office. On 11 October I met with Bob Gates, US Defence Secretary during his visit to London. On 12 October I attended the armed forces memorial dedication ceremony in Staffordshire. On 16 October I participated in Scotland Office questions and answered the Defence Policy debate in the House of Commons. On 17 October I met the Albanian Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Sali Berisha, before hosting the launch of The Earl Haig Fund's Poppy Scotland campaign. On the 18 October I debated the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent in Crawley. On 19 October I visited new service accommodation at Aliwal Barracks in Tidworth and visited 12 Mechanised Brigade at Bulford. On 20 October I visited HMS Victory in Portsmouth to attend a dinner to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. On 22 October I participated in defence questions in the House of Commons. On 23 October I gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee and made an oral statement to the House on the Gould Report before meeting President Karzai of Afghanistan. On 24 and 25 October I was in the Netherlands attending a NATO Defence Ministers meeting. From 29 October to 2 November I was overseas visiting service personnel serving in Iraq.