HC Deb 02 April 1968 vol 762 cc53-4W
50. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent since the July economy measures, basing his calculation on any convenient period so as not to involve disproportionate expense, the Government have economised on overseas visits by Ministers and their wives.

Mr. Harold Lever

Comparison between particular short periods has little meaning because the incidence of visits overseas is so much determined by the course of international events and discussions. I can only remind my hon. Friend that each individual visit is care- fully considered by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, and approved only if it is clearly likely to be of value.