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Departmental Conferences

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of such attendance at each conference. (305858)

Conferences held overseas that have been attended by civil servants in the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), including its arms length bodies and the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland (PPS) but excluding its agencies and NDPBs, in the last three years, and the cost to the public purse of attending these conferences, is shown in the following table.

Conference details

Cost (£)

2006-07

North/South Conference on Criminal Justice—Limerick

270

International Association of Prosecutors Conference—Netherlands1

1,264

Counter Terrorism Cooperation—Paris1

542

Cross Border Extradition—Dublin1

305

2007-08

Domestic Abuse Conference, Raising the Standards—Guernsey

1,100

International Association of Prosecutors Conference—Netherlands1

1,586

Anti Fraud Office of the European Union (OLAF) Conference—Germany1

699

Cross Border Cooperation in Counter Terrorism—Dublin1

491

MOPED, Commonwealth DPP Conference—Australia1

4,151

2008-09

International Conference on Cost of Crime—Milan

257

European Evidence Warrant: The Acquisition and Admissibility of Foreign Evidence—Dublin

1,174

Anti Fraud Office of the European Union (OLAF) Conference—Dublin1

0

Extradition Seminar—Rome1

581

9th Annual Republic of Ireland National Prosecutors Conference—Dublin1

143

1 Relate to the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland.

Additional expenses may have been paid through expense claim forms but this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

All expenditure has to be incurred in accordance with the principals of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.