§ Mr. Watson
To ask the Prime Minister if he will list a) Government expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the financial years 1996–97 to 2003–04 and(b) all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004, including the cost, destination and purpose of each visit. 
§ The Prime Minister
Expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the period requested is estimated as follows.465W
Expenditure (£ million) 1996–97 7.9 1997–981 6.4 1998–99 4.9 1999–2000 4.6 2000–01 4.7 2001–02 5.6 2002–03 5.7 2003–042 5.2 12 May 1997 to 31 March 1998. 2The figure for 2003–04 reflects payments made so far for travel undertaken in the period; a few bills have yet to be submitted to Departments for payment.
A list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The list provides details of the date, destination, purpose and costs of individual visits made by Cabinet Minsters.
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