HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 c483W
David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many journeys were made by helicopter by each Minister in his Department and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years; and what the journey length was in each case. [175733]

Mr. Hain

In respect of overseas travel by Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House.

Since the establishment of the Wales Office in 1999, my predecessor and I have made a total of two helicopter flights: in 2002, my predecessor had 30-minute flight from Cardiff to Swansea during an official visit to Wales of Commissioner Prodi; and in 2003, I had a 15-minute demonstration flight as part of a ministerial visit to a Cardiff based helicopter company.