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Cabinet: Glasgow

International Development written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development

(1) how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009;

(2) what car journeys he undertook in attending the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009;

(3) how many (a) special advisers and (b) officials of his Department accompanied him to Glasgow for the Cabinet meeting on 16 April 2009;

(4) what expenditure on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) food (i) he and (ii) officials in his Department incurred in connection with the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

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

The Secretary of State for International Development was not accompanied by officials to the Cabinet meeting on 16 April. He was joined at the venue by his two special advisers who were visiting the Department's joint headquarters in Glasgow on departmental business on the day in question. The Department for International Development (DFID) incurred a total expenditure of £543.65 relating to the Cabinet Office meeting, which was solely for travel. Two car journeys were undertaken.

For further information in relation to the Cabinet and public engagement event held in Glasgow on 16 April I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 3 June 2009, Hansard, column 487W.

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