HC Deb 12 December 1994 vol 251 cc464-5W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries visited by a spouse accompanying a Minister on overseas visits, since 1 October 1993; which Minister was accompanied; what was the cost of each visit; and what were the dates and the duties undertaken by the spouse during such visits.

Mr. Goodlad

The list gives details of visits made by a spouse accompanying a Minister overseas since 1 October 1993. In each case, the spouse carried out an official programme arranged by the post concerned. On each occasion the guidelines in "Questions of Procedure for Ministers" were followed and accord with departmental practice which has existed since at least 1985.

Date Place Minister Cost £
11–20 September 94 Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan Secretary of State 282.00
26—29 September 94 New York/Canada UNGA 48 Secretary of State 4,030.00
2—10 October 94 Dependent Territories, Canada Mr. Baldry 2,997.00
17–21 October 94 Russia, Estonia, Finland Secretary of State 279.00

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