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Departmental Official Visits

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of the meetings she had while in the United States in February 2008; and who attended each meeting. (188841)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary visited the US from 10 to 12 February 2008. In Washington DC she had meetings with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drugs Enforcement Administration. In New York she met senior New York police officials, and visited the Gangs Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Project.

The meetings were to enhance co-operation and understanding between the UK and the US on issues such as tackling terrorism and organised crime.

She was accompanied on her visit by senior officials from the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism, the International Directorate, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Press Office and members of her Private Office.