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Departmental Visits Abroad

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on such visits in each such year. [181609]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA came into being in June 2001. The information requested for each of the last 10 years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. For the period April 2006 to December 2007 inclusive for core-DEFRA, the Animal Health Agency, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aqua-Cultural Science, the Government Decontamination Service, and the Rural Payment Agency the information held centrally on overseas visits by officials is:


6 Mar 2008 : Column 2720W
Travel type Country Spend () Number of tickets

Air

Australia

59,124

32

Austria

29,308

88

Barbados

618

2

Belgium

59,889

230

Brazil

90,620

32

Canada

67,618

53

Cayman Islands

787

1

China

115,579

57

Croatia

82

1

Cyprus

1,787

4

Czech Republic

4,168

18

Denmark

22,220

73

Estonia

1,794

11

Ethiopia

9,578

9

Faroe Islands

1,244

3

Finland

46,203

97

France

21,395

59

Germany

82,411

247

Ghana

3,597

1

Greece

1,972

6

Hong Kong

26,770

16

Hungary

3,237

10

Iceland

1,666

5

India

109,694

71

Indonesia

104,045

41

Ireland

7,146

62

Italy

27,831

88

Jamaica

3,631

2

Japan

71,898

36

Kenya

127,938

73

Korea Republic

1,694

4

Latvia

1,004

4

Lithuania

1,842

4

Luxembourg

30,090

123

Malaysia

10,649

3

Malta

308

2

Mexico

92,301

37

Morocco

2,555

2

Mozambique

5,356

1

Netherlands

20,224

94

New Zealand

766

1

Norway

16,661

52

Poland

5,112

14

Portugal

23,175

74

Romania

3,083

8

Russia

8,556

10

Saudi Arabia

1,235

1

Senegal

7,444

4

Serbia

2,003

5

Seychelles

2,107

2

Singapore

17,762

14

Slovenia

768

8

South Africa

32,182

17

Spain

26,790

83

St. Christopher (St. Kitts) NE

7,068

2

Sweden

14,549

47

Switzerland

34,456

118

Thailand

39,160

13

Turkey

1,186

5

Ukraine

1,700

1

United States

316,751

180

Air total spend ()

1,832,386

Air total number of tickets

2,361

Rail

Belgium

427,536

3,183

Canada

151

2

France

40,720

333

Germany

1,869

34

Italy

12

1

Luxembourg

505

9

Netherlands

1,429

20

Spain

429

1

Sweden

48

2

Switzerland

241

8

United States

442

8

Rail total spend ()

473,081

Rail total number of tickets

3,601