President of Poland (Official Visit)

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

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hon. Members other than Privy Councillors have been sent invitations to banquets, receptions and other official events organised or hosted by the (a) Royal Family and (b) Government for the forthcoming visit of the President of Poland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

President Kwasniewski of Poland's State Visit will take place from 5 to 7 May. 106 Members of Parliament have been invited to hear President Kwasniewski's keynote speech at University College London on 5 May, 72 of whom are not Privy Councillors. 10 MPs have been invited to the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, four of whom are not Privy Councillors and one MP who is not a Privy Councillor, has been invited to a reception for the Polish community at St. James's Palace the same night.

Four MPs have been invited to a seminar on economic reform to be held at Lancaster House on 6 May, two of whom are not Privy Councillors. 10 MPs have received invitations to the dinner given by President Kwasniewski at the Dorchester Hotel that night, of whom three are not Privy Councillors. 48 MPs have received invitations to a lunch at the Guildhall in honour of President Kwasniewski on 7 May, 35 of whom are not Privy Councillors.

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