HC Deb 24 July 2002 vol 389 cc1581-2W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what dates Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since I June 2000; where each meeting took place; which Ministers were involved in each meeting; which Irish Government Departments were involved in each meeting; and which Ministers and officials from the Irish Government attended each meeting. [72692]

Malcolm Wicks

Department for Work and Pensions Ministers meet Irish counterparts regularly e.g. in the margins of EU Councils and meetings.

My right hon. Friend, the former Secretary of State, and I met the then Minister of State at the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in Liege in July 2001 and Brussels in March 2002.

More recently, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, met the Minister for Labour Affairs at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in Kolding in July 2002.