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Health written question – answered on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what official duties were carried out by the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Doncaster Central (Ms Winterton) on Thursday 17 March; how many officials accompanied her; for what purposes; and what the total cost of travel was.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 23 March 2005

On Thursday 17 March, I attended Mind's annual conference in Harrogate, opened York hospitals national health service trust's renal satellite unit at Harrogate general hospital, visited Kippax North junior and infant school in Kippax to see the impact of the Government's healthy schools programme and visited Undercliffe surgery in Batley. All the duties were carried out in an official capacity.

As is usual on official visits, I was accompanied to all the engagements by an official from my ministerial private office and by one of the Department's press officers. A senior official from the Department's mental health team attended Mind's conference.

The total cost of travel, including for those officials accompanying me, was £898.40.

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Posted on 14 Apr 2005 12:33 am (Report this annotation)

what a lot of money, many service users could have attended the mind conference had funds like that been available to them...