§ Mr. Pickles
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many conferences staff of the(a) Social Exclusion Unit and (b) Urban Policy Unit attended in each year since the Unit was established; what the (i) cost and (ii) purpose was in each case; and how many were overseas conferences. 
§ Yvette Cooper
In the financial year 2002–03 the Social Exclusion Unit attended 27 conferences at a total cost of £8,942.99. In the financial year 2001–02 the SEU attended 35 conferences at a total cost of £10,511.10.
Similar information for the SEU and the Urban Policy Unit for 1997–2001 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost
All conferences attended are associated with the work of the Units.