HC Deb 22 July 2002 vol 389 c766W
Mr. Burns

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries were visited; and what the total cost of each individual visit was. [47153]

Mrs. Liddell

[holding answer 10 April 2002]: The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999.

Since that date there have been two occasions when a special adviser has accompanied Scotland Office Ministers on overseas visits.

The details of these visits are as follows:

Year Occasions Country visited Cost of visit (£)
2001–02 1 Belgium Spain
2002–03 1 545.87 728.61

All travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Handbook.

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