HC Deb 22 July 2004 vol 424 cc464-5W
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. [186446]

The Prime Minister

Expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the period requested is estimated as follows.

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.

Advisers in post
Appointing Minister Special adviser in post Expertise
The Prime Ministers1 Jonathan Powell Chief of Staff
Sally Morgan Government relations
Policy Directorate
Andrew Adonis Education
Arnab Banerjee Economic
Patrick Diamond Education and cross-cutting policy issues
Matthew Elson Transport
Julian Le Grand Health
Roger Liddle Europe
Alasdair McGowan Devolution, local and regional government
John McTernan Social exclusion
Geoffrey Norris Industry and business
Carey Oppenheim Children and families
Nicholas Rowley Environment
Justin Russell Home and Legal Affairs
Matthew Taylor Acting Head of the Policy Directorate
David Hill
Hilary Coffman
Darren Murphy
Diary management
Katie Kay
Events and visits
Jo Gibbons
Angela Goodchild (p/t)
Implementation Group
Kate Garvey
Sarah Hunter
Liz Lloyd
Media Monitoring Unit
Chris McShane
Research and Information Unit
Joanna Nadin
Catherine Rimmer
Strategic Communications Unit
David Bradshaw