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Bolivia: British Embassy

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 2 June (WA 3) regarding which parliamentarians have stayed at the British embassy in Bolivia this year why that Answer made no reference to the visit covered by the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East, Dr Kim Howells, on 8 January (Official Report, Commons, 443W). [HL4042]

My response of 2 June (Official Report, col. WA 3) referred to the calendar year of 2008, during which time only one parliamentarian, my honourable friend the Minister for the Middle East, Kim Howells, has visited Bolivia. However, since June 2007, there has indeed been one other visit by a parliamentarian—the visit of the honourable Member Andrew Mitchell—who visited Bolivia from 19 to 20 November 2007, accompanied by the noble Lord, Lord Ashcroft. On both these occasions, the visiting parliamentarians stayed at our ambassador's official residence.