§ Mr. Wilshire
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list those visits made within the United Kingdom since 1 May on which(a) she and (b) other Ministers within her Department have been accompanied under Rule 83 of the Ministerial Code indicating (i) those persons accompanying and (ii) the cost to public funds. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
[holding answer 19 January 1998]: Between 1 May 1997 and end January 1998, Mr. Beckett accompanied me on 17 visits, of which 6 involved a cost to public funds. The total cost was £238. In addition, the Minister of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney) has been accompanied by Mrs. McCartney on 2 visits, neither involving cost to public funds.