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Trade Promotion

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many overseas visits have been made by each of the business ambassadors since 3 October 2008; and what the cost of (a) flights, (b) accommodation, (c) gifts and (d) other expenses was for each such visit. (254631)

The following table sets out the overseas visits undertaken by business ambassadors since 3 October 2008, as at 6 February 2009, and also details related direct costs:

Name

Visit made

Flight cost (£)

Accommodation costs (£)

Gifts (£)

Other expenses (£)

Note/(£)

Sir John Bond

New York (November 2008). Meeting with Consul-General and UKTI Trade Team

0

0

0

0

All costs met by business ambassador

Paul Skinner

Australia (November 2008). Speeches in Melbourne and Sydney

0

0

0

0

All costs met by business ambassador

Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham

Dubai (November 2008). Led largest UK trade mission ever to the Gulf. Over 200 UK companies involved.

3,601.24

735.26

0

1646.53

Total: 4,983.03

Dick Olver

Oman (January 2009). Meeting/lunch with HMA and Young President’s Organisation of Oman

0

0

0

0

All costs met by business ambassador

Dick Olver

Abu Dhabi (January 2009). Meeting/lunch with HMA and Abu Dhabi UK business leaders

0

0

0

0

All costs met by business ambassador

Lord Richard Rogers

Mexico (February 2009). Meeting with HMA and UKTI representatives. Meeting with Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transport and HMA. Meeting with Coordinator of the infrastructure and Tourism Cabinet, Office of the President of Mexico and HMA

0

0

0

0

All costs met by business ambassador

1 Car hire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of running the business ambassadors’ secretariat within UK Trade and Investment has been since 3 October 2008; and what proportion of that cost has been for (a) secretariat staff salaries and (b) other expenses. (254632)

UKTI has resourced the business ambassador secretariat from within its overall internal resources. The estimated salary cost for the period since 3 October 2008 is approximately £24,000; this includes set-up costs. No other expenses have been incurred.