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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th November 2003.

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Photo of Mr Jimmy Wray Mr Jimmy Wray Labour, Glasgow Baillieston

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a permanent secretary or under-secretary in his Department has visited Indonesia since 1973; and what the purpose was of each visit.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

pursuant to my answer, 22 October 2003, Official Report, c. 615–16W

An administrative error occurred in my answer of 22 October. The correct answer should read as follows:

4–5 July 2000 Permanent Secretary, to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues.

12–16 September 2000 Director General (Deputy Under Secretary) Wider World, familiarisation and to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues.

22–24 November 2000 Group Chief Executive (Permanent Secretary equivalent), British Trade International (a joint DTI/FCO Department), to discuss trade and investment issues.

30 July-3 August 2001 Director (Assistant Under Secretary) Asia/Pacific, to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues.

12–14 December 2001 Permanent Secretary (designate), as part of a programme of visits to familiarise himself with as many overseas posts as possible.

4–5 July 2002 Director (Assistant Under Secretary) Economic, to discuss economic and trade policy issues.

7–10 January 2003 Director (Assistant Under Secretary) Asia/Pacific, accompanying my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on his visit to Indonesia.

14 May 2003 Director (Assistant Under Secretary) Asia/Pacific (designate), to attend an ASEM senior officials meeting.

21–25 July 2003 Director (Assistant Under Secretary) Asia/Pacific, accompanying the Minister to the ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting.

I regret that compiling the information requested for 1973–99 would involve disproportionate effort.

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