HC Deb 16 December 1977 vol 941 c545W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the number of official journeys civil servants of his Department made in each quarter of 1976 and the first three quarters of 1977, by each quarter, between the United Kingdom and other parts of the EEC, on matters consequent on the United Kingdom's membership of the EEC; and what has been the total cost of all these journeys in 1976 and in 1977 so far, respectively.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

It would not be possible without disproportionate expenditure of time and resources to identify those journeys made to EEC member countries specifically on EEC business. The following therefore relates to all visits by Treasury officials to EEC member countries:

Quarter ending Number
March 1976 85
June 1976 88
September 1976 53
December 1976 82
March 1977 91
June 1977 95
September 1977 31

The total cost of these visits in 1976 was approximately £37,000, and in 1977 to the end of September approximately £27,000. However, official visitors to the EEC are entitled to claim certain expenses from the EEC institutions and these are paid to the Department. Reimbursements to the Treasury from the EEC for such expenses amounted to £19,327 in 1976 and £16,232 to September 1977.

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