HC Deb 11 November 1997 vol 300 c479W
Mr. Ottaway

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the towns and cities outside the United Kingdom visited by the Minister for London and Construction and the dates on which the visits took place since 1 May. [15025]

Mr. Raynsford

From 27 to 31 August, I visited New York, Boston and Washington, USA on a fact finding trip to learn about the US experience of Mayoral systems and to speak at the American Political Science Association Conference. On 24 and 25 September, I attended the EU Housing Ministers' meeting in Amsterdam. Between 3 and 10 October, I led a construction trade delegation of 17 British companies to promote British trade overseas. The delegation visited Amman and Aqaba in Jordan and Sharm El Sheikh and Cairo in Egypt. On 17 October, I visited Cologne in Germany to meet the Mayor of Cologne and discuss German Mayoral systems, from 6 to 9 November, I visited Madrid and Barcelona in Spain to learn about Spanish experiences of Mayoral systems and also to speak at the 1st Conference of the European Federation of Town Centres on Town centre management.

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