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Departmental Visits Abroad

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how many overseas visits were made by staff of the Electoral Commission in each year since it was established; which countries were visited; and what the cost of the visits was in each year. (181459)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the costs associated with international visits by staff are only available from 2003 onwards. No visits have taken place in 2008. The information requested is set out in the following table.

Number of Visits1

Country visited

Cost (£)

2001

7

Australia

Canada

Croatia

New Zealand

Republic of Ireland

Spain

Sweden

2002

9

Kosovo (Election Observation)

Mauritius

Poland

Republic of Ireland

Russia

Spain

Sweden

2003

17

Antigua and Barbuda (Election Observation)

28,773.27

Armenia (Election Observation)

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Germany

India

Mexico

Poland (Referendum Observation)

Serbia and Montenegro (Election Observation)

Sweden (Referendum Observation)

Switzerland

Ukraine (Election Observation)

USA

Zanzibar (Election Observation)

2004

22

Albania

41,943.79

Australia (Election Observation)

Austria

Belgium (Election Observation)

Canada (Election Observation)

Chile

Cyprus (Election Observation)

Georgia (Election Observation)

Germany (Election Observation)

Italy (Election Observation)

Latvia (Election Observation)

Malta (Election Observation)

Netherlands (Election Observation)

Poland (Election Observation)

Republic of Ireland (Election Observation)

Spain (Election Observation)

Sweden (Election Observation)

USA

2005

13

Austria

14,361.92

Canada (Referendum Observation)

France

Hungary

India

Mexico

Poland

Russia

Spain (Referendum Observation)

USA

2006

4

Canada (Election Observation)

3,892.68

Latvia

Poland

2007

9

Canada

12,159.04

Poland

Republic of Ireland

Russia

South Africa

Sweden

Switzerland (Election Observation)

USA

1 Some countries were visited more than once in any given year.