Ministerial Visits

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the overseas visits made by each Minister in his Department in financial year 2003–04.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Foreign Secretary

Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The details for the financial year 2003–04 will be published as soon as possible. During the financial year 2003–04 other Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers made the following overseas visits:

Dr. Denis MacShane MP, Minister of State
Date Destination Purpose of trip
3 April 2003 Riga Joint bilateral visit to Latvia with French Europe Minister
6–8 April 2003 Belgrade. Pristina. Skopje Bilateral visits to the Balkans
14 April 2003 Luxembourg General Affairs and External Relations Council
16–17 April 2003 Athens Informal European Council, Signature of the Accession Treaty and European Conference
29 April 2003 The Hague Attend Conference on Chemical Weapons Convention
5 May 2003 Brussels Bilateral
10–12 May 2003 Valletta Bilateral
15–16 May 2003 Berlin Konigswinter Conference
19 May 2003 Brussels General Affairs and External Relations Council
29–31 May 2003 Warsaw Bilateral
6 June 2003 Madrid Bilateral
19–21 June 2003 Porto Caras European Council and EU/Western Balkans Summit
26 June 2003 Rome Bilateral
30 June 2003 Amsterdam Apeldoorn Conference
3–4 July 2003 Gibraltar Bilateral
3–5 September 2003 Oslo and Helsinki Bilaterals
14–15 September 2003 Kiev Bilateral
19–21 September 2003 Pontignano Pontignano Conference
21–22 September 2003 Paris and Strasbourg Bilaterals
29 September 2003 Brussels General Affairs and External Relations Council
7–11 October 2003 Bucharest. Sofia and Hydra Bucharest and Sofia: Bilaterals Hydra: Hydra Conference
16–17 October 2003 Brussels European Council
13–15 November 2003 Madrid and Berlin Madrid: Bilateral Berlin: BMW European Forum
17–18 November 2003 Brussels General Affairs and External Relations Council
1–4 December 2003 Maastricht and Naples OSCE Ministerial Council in The Netherlands and Euromed Conference in Italy
8 December 2003 Brussels General Affairs and External Relations Council
11–13 December 2003 Brussels European Council
12–14 January 2004 Ankara. Istanbul and Izmir Bilateral
20 January 2004 Paris Bilateral
26 January 2004 Brussels General Affairs and External Relations Council
30 January 2004 Berlin Bilateral
6–8 February 2004 Madrid Bilateral
10 February 2004 Vienna Bilateral
17–19 February 2004 Amsterdam Bilateral
23–24 February 2004 Berne Bilateral
27–28 February 2004 Venice Aspen European Dialogue Conference
3–4 March 2004 Stockholm Bilateral
5 March 2004 Skopje Funeral of Macedonian President
25–26 March 2004 Brussels Bilateral visit and to attend the European Council
Mike O'Brien MP, Minister of State
Date Destination Purpose of trip
1 April 2003 NATO SHAPE, Belgium Meetings with UK Military Representation and SACEUR
12–14 April 2003 Tehran, Damascus Bilaterals
26–29 April 2003 Baghdad Central Iraq Conference
19–21 May 2003 Algiers Bilateral
22 May 2003 Paris Conference on Drug Routes
2–5 June 2003 Jakarta Bilateral
6 July 2003 Palermo Informal EU Trade Ministers Conference
19–21 July 2003 Beijing Accompanying the Prime Minister and Trade Delegation on bilateral visit to China
22–25 July 2003 Bali ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting
8–16 September 2003 Cancun WTO Ministerial Conference
16 October 2003 Berlin Bilateral
21–24 October 2003 Kabul Bilateral
2–4 November 2003 Washington Bilateral
8–12 December 2003 Islamabad and Karachi Bilaterals
4–8 January 2004 New Delhi and Hyderabad Bilaterals
26 January 2004 Cannes Attend MIDEM (Music Industry event)
10–12 February 2004 Casablanca and Rabat Bilaterals
15–18 March 2004 Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi Bilaterals
22–23 March 2004 Warsaw Bilateral
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Minister of State
Date Destination Purpose of trip
30 April 2003 Paris OECD Trade Ministerial
16 May 03 Washington Bilateral
15–15 July 2003 Jordan Bilateral
3 September 2003 Vienna Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Conference
15–18 September 2003 Morocco and Tunisia Bilateral
23–25 September 2003 New York United Nations General Assembly
29 September to 1 October 2003 Israel Bilateral
8–9 October 2003 Iraq Bilateral
22–24 October 2003 Madrid Iraq Donors' Conference
18–20 November 2003 Lebanon Bilateral
1–2 December 2003 Istanbul Response to the terrorist attacks against the British Consulate General and HSBC Bank
4 December 2003 Brussels NATO Foreign Ministerial
8–9 December 2003 Syria Bilateral
21–23 January 2004 Occupied Territories Bilateral
23–26 February 2004 Bahrain and Qatar Bilateral
9–11 March 2004 Jordan Bilateral
19–19 March 2004 Iraq Bilateral
Baroness Amos of Asthal, the then ParliamentaryUnder-Secretary of State
Date Destination Purpose of trip
1–6 April 2003 Botswana and South Africa Bilaterals
14–17 April 2003 Mali G8 Meeting
5–8 May 2003 Dominican Republic Bilateral
Chris Mullin MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Date Destination Purpose of trip
21–25 July 2003 Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone Bilaterals
28 October to 5 November 2003 Kenya and South Africa Bilaterals
2–8 December 03 Abuja Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting
12–20 January 2004 Ethiopia. Djibouti and Eritrea Bilaterals
3–6 February 2004 Washington and New York Liberia Donors' Conference
23–24 February 2004 Paris Bilateral to discuss Africa
Bill Rammell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Date Destination Purpose of trip
31 March to 1 April 2003 Washington Bilateral
11–15 May 2003 Brazil and Colombia Fundacion Euroamerica Conference
21 May 2003 Stockholm G8 Global Partnership on WMD—Signing MNEPR Treaty
26–27 May 2003 Crete Euromed Conference
12–13 June 2003 New York Conflict Prevention Conference, International Peace Academy
18 June 2003 Madrid Bilateral
22–27 July 2003 Kabul Bilateral
6–21 August 2003 Papua New Guinea, Australia. New Zealand and Solomon Islands Bilateral and attendance at the Pacific Islands Forum (New Zealand)
20–24 September 2003 New York United Nations General Assembly bilateral meetings
9- 10 October 2003 Dublin Address to Trinity College
16 October 2003 Rome EU Ministerial meeting
26–31 October 2003 Mexico and Majorca Mexico: Bilaterals Majorca: Launch of the Travel Foundation for Sustainable Tourism
14 November 2003 Washington Bilaterals on Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Counter-Narcotics and UN Reform
29 November to 3 December 2003 Falkland Islands and Chile Falkland Islands: meetings Chile: Bilateral
16–19 December 2003 Beijing and Hong Kong Beijing: Bilaterals and a speech at the Central Party School Hong Kong: Bilaterals
13–18 January 2004 Guatemala and Belize Joint trip with Spanish Minister Cortes to Guatemala to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Berger. Bilaterals in Guatemala and Belize.
25–26 January 2004 Stockholm Stockholm International Forum preventing Genocide: Threats and Responsibilities
1–3 February 2004 Washington and New York Washington: Bilaterals New York: Bilaterals and a speech on the UN
15–20 February 2004 Argentina and Uruguay Bilaterals
2–5 March 2004 Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad Jamaica: Round table with CARICOM and Bilaterals Barbados and Trinidad: Bilaterals
18 March 2004 Geneva UNCHR

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