HC Deb 30 November 1979 vol 974 cc816-7W
Mr. Leighton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many of his officials were sent to Brussels in 1978 to discuss EEC matters; what was the total man-days involved; and what was the cost to public funds of travel and subsistence, including sums reimbursed by the Commission.

Mr. David Mitchell

I regret that information in this form is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, in 1978 the total expenditure for overseas visits on EEC business by Ministers and officials of the Department was approximately £160,000 of which £89,000 was reimbursed by the Commission. Most of the visits would be to Brussels.