asked Her Majesty's Government:
In relation to the Deputy Prime Minister's forthcoming trip to Barbados (a) what is the estimated total cost of this trip to the United Kingdom taxpayer; (b) how many officials will accompany him, and whether he will be accompanied by a family member; (c) what proportion of the visit will be spent on official duties; and (d) what proportion of the cost will be met by the Deputy Prime Minister personally as he will be visiting a family member. [HL3925]
Since 1999, the Government have published, on an annual basis, details of overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500, as well as the total cost of all ministerial overseas travel. Information for 2007-08 will be published in the usual way.
There is no expenditure by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office other than the cost associated with the official party.