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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th February 2012.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times each Minister in her Department has visited (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in an official capacity since their appointment.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA ministers have visited Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in an official capacity on the following occasions:

Date Constituencies Purpose of meeting
Secretary of State    
23 August 2011 Edinburgh North and Leith Richard Lochhead
11-12 January 2012 Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk Eyemouth Harbour Trust
  East Lothian NFU Scotland
  Edinburgh South West Scotch Whisky Association,
  Midlothian, East Lothian Richard Lochhead, Forestry Commission
     
Jim Paice    
14 February 2011 North East Fife NFU Scotland AGM and local farm visits
16 January 2012 Glasgow Central SEMEX Dairy Conference
     
Richard Benyon    
30 August 2010 Banff and Buchan Meeting on UK pelagic interests
1 October 2010 Aberdeen North Meeting on fisheries with Commissioner Damanaki and Richard Lochhead
9 November 2011 Edinburgh East Evidence session at the Scottish Parliament
20 October 2010 Belfast West Stakeholder meeting
     
Lord Taylor    
No visits    
     
Lord Henley    
24-25 February 2011 Newport West Representing England at the British Irish Council

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