Departmental Domestic Visits

International Development written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Phil Willis Phil Willis Chair, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what visits he made to (a) Harrogate International Centre, (b) International Conference Centre, Birmingham, (c) Manchester Central, (d) Scottish Exhibitional and Conference Centre, Glasgow, (e) Edinburgh International Conference Centre, (f) Bournemouth International Conference Centre, (g) the Brighton Centre, Brighton, (h) the Riviera Centre, Torquay, (i) Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, (j) Excel Conference Centre, Docklands, London, and (k) Business Design Centre, Islington, London, in the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007; and what events he attended at each.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

I have visited one of the listed venues in a ministerial capacity since my appointment as Secretary of State for International Development. This was the Excel Conference Centre, Docklands, London, to deliver a speech at the 'Women Deliver' event.

My predecessor, Hilary Benn, visited the Queen Elizabeth Centre in London on three occasions. In March 2005 he attended an event on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI); in October 2005 he delivered a speech at the 'Tackling Health Inequalities' event; and in January 2007 he attended the 'Moving Young Minds' event. Hilary Benn also attended one event at the Excel Conference Centre, Docklands, London for the National Policy Forum in June 2006.

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