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Departmental Domestic Visits

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many planned visits by Ministers in his Department within the UK were cancelled within 72 hours of the visit taking place in the last 12 months; and what the planned venue or venues were for each such visit. (309874)

From January 2009 to January 2010, there were seven ministerial visits cancelled with less than 72 hours notice. The following table details the dates and venues.

Ministers appreciate the preparation and effort that goes into organising their visits; as such, any decision to cancel a visit will have been due to adverse weather, travel disruptions or essential parliamentary business.

Date of visit



2 February

Visit to East Hertfordshire Probation

5 February

Nottingham Speakers Corner Trust Event

5 February

Portsmouth Combined Court and Judge Black

26 February

Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

27 March

HMP Bronzefield

12 November

Annual Youth Justice Convention and Wirral Youth Offending Service


8 January

Plymouth Probation Offices