§ Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many exhibitions Ministers from his Department have visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months or other convenient period, both within the United Kingdom and overseas; and if he will give comparable figures for the previous 12 months.
§ Mr. Ridley
Specific records are not kept, but I understand that previous Ministers in my Department visited at least 10 overseas exhibitions in the last 12 months compared with at least four in the previous 12 months. It would be too costly to identify figures of visits to United Kingdom exhibitions.