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Departmental Domestic Visits

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, on which dates he has been in Northern Ireland on official visits in the last 12 months. (243509)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, for how many nights he has stayed in (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (243511)

The number of days and overnight stays I have spent in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months is shown in the following table.

Day

Overnight

October 2007

14

5

November 2007

8

2

December 2007

14

8

January 2008

7

2

February 2008

8

2

March 2008

10

6

April 2008

4

3

May 2008

19

9

June 2008

9

4

July 2008

4

3

August 2008

1

0

September 2008

9

5

October 2008

9

4

November 2008

10

3

The hon. Gentleman will be aware the offices of the Secretary of State are in Belfast and in London; Northern Ireland Office business is conducted in both places. The Secretary of State does not undertake ‘visits’ to his own office in Northern Ireland.

Details of visits made by Cabinet Ministers outside the United Kingdom are published annually by the Cabinet Office. Copies are available in the Library.