§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement concerning his forthcoming tour of Commonwealth countries; which countries are to be visited; for what purposes; who will accompany him; how long the visits are expected to take; and what are the expected costs, including all expenses for travel, entertainment, hotels, etc.
§ Mrs. Hart
My right hon. Friend the Commonwealth Secretary proposes to visit Fiji for two days, New Zealand for five days, Australia for nine days, Malaysia for three days, Singapore for two days and Hong Kong for two days. The purpose of his visit is to meet Prime Ministers, Governors and leading personalities, to discuss with them questions of mutual, Commonwealth and international concern, and to make himself familiar with the problems facing these fellow Commonwealth countries. He will be accompanied by three officials and a secretary, and the expected cost of the visits will be approximately £3,700.