HC Deb 18 July 2000 vol 354 c128W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the visits outside Britain made by his Department's Permanent Secretary on official business since 1 January 1999, indicating the date and purpose of the visit in each case. [130489]

Mr. Wills

Michael Bichard has made the following visits since 1 January 1999:

  • 13–14 January 1999—Germany
  • 18–19 February 1999—France
  • 4–5 November 1999—Netherlands
  • 25–26 November 1999—Finland
  • 29 February 2000—USA.

In all cases the purpose was to exchange views on education and employment issues, including in the first three cases in the EU context.