Departments: Domestic Visits
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Peter Atkinson (Hexham, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role his private office played in organising his visit to NETpark, Sedgefield, County Durham and other destinations in the north-east; whether officials from his Department accompanied him on the visit; and what the cost was to his Department of the visit.
Gareth Thomas (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development; Harrow West, Labour)
The visit to NETpark was organised and funded by the Labour party. The Secretary of State's private office arranged a fact finding visit to Sheffield to study the impact of flooding on local businesses followed by a visit to Newcastle for a meeting with the chair of One North East. The Secretary of State was accompanied by one of his special advisers to enable him to deal with any departmental business unconnected with the political visit.