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Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for official visits to the UK by members of the government of Australia. (240853)

Australian Ministers and officials regularly visit the UK. Prime Minister Rudd visited in April. The Australian Defence and Foreign Ministers met their counterparts in Leeds on 28 November. I also met Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on 27 November, and discussed a range of bilateral and international issues. We are in regular contact with the Australian government and their high commission in London to discuss arrangements for further official visits to the UK, but do not disclose details in advance of official announcements.