HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 c266W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent his Department assisted in organising the current official parliamentary delegation's visit to Pakistan; what expense to Government funds will be involved; when, and in what way, will their official report be presented to Parliament; on what basis this degelation was selected; and whether all Members of Parliament were given an equal opportunity to apply for or be selected to take part in this delegation.

Mr. Anthony Royle

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office acted as a channel of communication between the delegation and the Governments of Pakistan and India about initial arrangements for the visit. The expense to Government funds will be the cost of the delegation's transportation. The nature of any report is for the delegation to decide. The delegation was selected on the basis of discussions through the usual channels.