§ Mr. Eggar
Visitors for whom the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has responsibility fall into two categories: first, guests of Her Majesty's Government, including Heads of State and Government and Foreign Ministers, who are invited in furtherance of Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy objectives; and secondly, visitors invited under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office sponsored visitors scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to enable influential personalities from overseas to obtain first-hand impressions of British policies and achievements.
I will write to the hon. Member with the list of names; more than 600 visitors came, under both categories, in the period concerned.