HC Deb 30 January 1987 vol 109 c422W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list all overseas official delegations or Government-sponsored individuals or parties who visited the United Kingdom during the months of May, June and July 1986, stating in each case the purpose of the visit.

Mr. Eggar

Visitors for whom the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has responsibility fall into two categories: first, guests of Her Majesty's Government, including Heads of State and Government and Foreign Ministers, who are invited in furtherance of Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy objectives; and secondly, visitors invited under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office sponsored visitors scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to enable influential personalities from overseas to obtain first-hand impressions of British policies and achievements.

I will write to the hon. Member with the list of names; more than 600 visitors came, under both categories, in the period concerned.