Ministerial Visits

Transport written question – answered on 26th May 2004.

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Photo of Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor Chair of the Parliamentary Party, Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list visits made by each Minister in the Department between December 2003 and April 2004, broken down by (a) date, (b) constituency visited and (c) cost.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Ministerial visits on official business within the United Kingdom for the period from 1 December 2003 to 30 April 2004 are given in tables 1 to 4. The visits were not made to specific constituencies and a number of visits would involve travelling to or through more than one constituency. Details of the cost of each visit could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The Government publishes on an annual basis the total costs of all ministerial overseas travel and a list of all visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500. Information for 2003–04 is currently being collected and will be published as soon as it is ready.

Table 1: Visits by Secretary of State
Visit Date(s) of visit
Opening of M6 toll road, West Midlands 9 December 2003
Launch of Queen Mary 2, Southampton 8 January 2004
Channel Tunnel Rail Link breakthrough, Kings Cross 27 October 2004
C2C/ Ford centre of excellence, Dagenham 2 February 2004
Opening of train facility, Waterloo 23 February 2004
Nottingham Express Tram 8 March 2004
Rail Seminar, Glasgow 26 March 2004
Regional visit to North East 29 March 2004
Greater Anglia Launch, Liverpool Street 1 April 2004
Rail Seminar, York 23 April 2004
Launch of Highways Agency Traffic Officers, Birmingham 26 April 2004
Rail Seminar, Cardiff 28 April 2004
Table 2: Visits by Kim Howells
Visit Date(s) of visit
Regional visit to North East 2 and 3 December 2003
EWS rail freight performance discussions visit , London 17 December 2003
Christmas rail blockade publicity visit, Clapham Junction 23 December 2003
Regional visit to North West 21 and 22 April 2004
Secure Station award presentation, Hereford 26 January 2004
First Great Western rail performance discussions visit, Reading 4 February 2004
Regional visit to South West 11 February 2004
Trevithick Celebrations—train naming, Cardiff 18 February 2004
Network Rail Scotland performance discussions visit, Edinburgh 7 April 2004
South West Trains—launching digital passenger information screens, Clapham Junction 22 April 2004
Rail Seminar, York 23 April 2004
London Underground power control room visit, central London 27 April 2004
Rail Seminar, Cardiff 28 April 2004
Table 3: Visits by David Jamieson
Visit Date(s) of visit
Visit to Coventry University 4 December 2003
AA Control Centre visit, Farnborough 8 December 2003
Launch of Queen Mary 2, Southampton 8 January 2004
Visit to Severn View "green refuelling" station, Bristol 22 January 2004
'Sustainable Communities' visit, Redruth 2 February 2004
Visit to Ford Plant, Southampton 26 February 2004
Regional visit, Yorkshire 3 March 2004
Visit to Highway Agency Office and Exeter Airport 25 March 2004
RoSPA Conference, Brighton 29 March 2004
DVLA Campaign, Plymouth 6 March 2004
A249 Kent "sod cutting" and "Greenergy" visit, Maidstone 29 March 2004
Table 4: Visits by Tony McNulty
Visit Date(s) of visit
Visit to Leaside Regeneration Ltd.—Bow Flyover redesign and infrastructure improvements 4 December 2003
Opening Torquay pedestrianisation scheme 8 January 2004
Visit to Thames Gateway—Stratford area in relation to transport and the Olympic bid 7 January 2004
Opening Harrogate bus station and a Bus Challenge project 12 January 2004
Launch of "MAVIS" Rig at Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information centre, Berks and visit to Air Accident Investigation Branch 22 January 2004
Havant—Government Liveability announcement 2 February 2004
Tour of Thames Gateway with South Essex partnership 2 March 2004
Speech to South East Regional Assembly, Woking and visit to Government Office for the South East, Guildford 3 March 2004
Launch of the Solent Travelcard, Portsmouth 4 March 2004
Launch of Urban Bus Challenge project, Corby 15 March 2004
Opening of Surrey's Network Management Information Centre, Leatherhead 24 March 2004
Visit to Com Cab taxi company, Harrow 29 March 2004
Launch of a bus fleet, Hove 2 March 2004
Visit to Rural Bus Challenge scheme, Doncaster 20 March 2004
Opening of public transport interchange scheme, Newcastle 21 March 2004
Opening of British Transport Police mobile custody suite, Stratford, London 22March 2004
Visit to an urban regeneration company and viewing of Local Transport Plan funded projects, Cornwall 28 April 2004

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