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Iceland

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the purpose of his visit to Iceland in November 2008 was; how much the visit cost in each category of expenditure; what meetings he attended; what matters were discussed; and how many officials from (a) the Scotland Office and (b) other Government departments accompanied him. (251291)

The purpose of the visit was to discuss the impact of the failure of Icelandic banks on individuals, local authorities and other bodies in Scotland. The cost of travel and accommodation was £3,997.16. I met with the Prime Minister and with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iceland, and with the Norwegian Foreign Minister. I also visited a geothermal power station. I was accompanied by three departmental staff. All ministerial travel was undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.