HC Deb 01 December 1983 vol 49 c601W
Mr. Chris Smith

asked the Prime Minister which members of the Prime Minister's family went with her for all or part of official visits abroad, outside Europe, during 1981–82 and 1982–83; what means of official transport were used for and during these visits; what use was made of such transport by members of her family; and what was the additional cost to the Exchequer in each case.

The Prime Minister

My husband accompanied me as a member of the official party on three of my visits abroad outside Europe during the last two financial years. They were as follows:

  • April 1981: India and the Gulf States
  • September 1982:The Far East
  • January 1983: The Falkland Islands

On the first of the visits I was also accompanied by my daughter who was also a member of the official party. As on all my visits abroad, the whole party travelled together by RAF transport and there was therefore virtually no extra cost to public funds on any occasion.

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