HC Deb 02 November 2000 vol 355 c590W
Mr. Ian Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 30 October 2000,Official Report, column 331W, on ministerial engagements, if he will list the total number of engagements (a) accepted, (b) cancelled and (c) where an official attended in his place. [136177]

Mr. Chris Smith

My hon. Friend the Minister for the Arts attended 200 engagements with non-governmental bodies in the year to 31 October. On eight occasions he was obliged not to fulfil engagements, and on three of these an official attended in his place.