§ Mr. Tony Banks
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many trips abroad have been made by Ministers in his Department since May 1979; and what was the cost.
§ Mr. Pattie
Special records are not maintained of ministerial visits aboad and the full information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, during the period 1 April 1983 to 31 December 1983, 40 visits abroad were undertaken by Ministers at an estimated cost for air movements of £251,000.