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Departmental Overseas Visits

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) destination and (b) purpose was of each overseas visit undertaken by staff in her Department in the last 12 months. (198892)

In the 12 months to 31 December 2007 there have been 388 overseas visits undertaken by Communities and Local Government staff. Of the 388 visits, 362 were to Europe; four to Africa, 12 to North America, one to Japan, four to New Zealand and five to Asia (including the Middle East).

The purpose of these journeys was to represent the Department and provide expert advice on policy/subject issues.

All travel by staff employed by Communities and Local Government is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code.