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Departmental Visits Abroad

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997. (214648)

Since 1999, the Government have published the total cost of all overseas travel by Ministers and a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1112W. Details for the financial year 2007-08 will be published before the summer recess and will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code”.

Information in respect of overseas visits by all Ministers for the period 1997-99 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.