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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made on departmental business since 5 May 2005; and how many letters she sent in this period.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

Since 5 May 2005, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Margaret Beckett) has made six keynote speeches in the UK and conducted ten official domestic visits on Departmental business. She has replied to 1,508 letters as of 21 March 2006.

My right hon. Friend has made a large number of more routine speeches and attended many international gatherings during the UK's presidency of the G8 and the EU, including chairing both the Agriculture and Environment Ministerial Councils.

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