HC Deb 24 February 1997 vol 291 c1W
Mr. Donohoe

To ask the Prime Minister what has been the cost to public funds of the attendance of(a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Deputy Prime Minister and (c) officials from the Cabinet Office at meetings of the Scottish Grand Committee in Scotland since 1994; and if he will list the meetings of the Committee which (a) to (c) have attended indicating the cost of their attendance and the names of those who attended. [16560]

The Prime Minister

I attended the Scottish Grand Committee meeting on 5 July 1996 in Dumfries and had officials in attendance as necessary. Ministers attend Scottish Grand Committee meetings as part of their normal parliamentary duties and officials do so as part of their normal departmental duties. Expenditure falling to my Department has been limited to travelling costs.

No other Ministers from the Cabinet Office have had the opportunity to attend a Scottish Grand Committee meeting.