Duke of York

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse was of expenses paid to HRH the Duke of York between 22 July 2011 and 30 December 2011.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

HRH The Duke of York has honoured a number of pre-existing overseas diary commitments since he announced on 21 July 2011 that he was relinquishing his role as UK Special Representative for Trade and Investment. The list of official overseas visits undertaken by HRH the Duke of York between 22 July 2011 and 30 December 2011 is shown in the following table. These visits were approved by the Royal Visits Committee, undertaken in agreement with FCO and/or UKTI and in support of HMG objectives. The list does not include official military visits undertaken in HRH The Duke of York's capacity as a senior member of the royal family.

Date Country visited Funded by (1)
18-23 September 2011 Saudi Arabia UKTI
26 September—2 October 2011 Singapore UKTI
23-28 October 2011 South China UKTI
30 October—1 November 2011 Malaysia UKTI
20-23 November 2011 Qatar UKTI
24 November 2011 United Arab Emirates FCO
(1) Excludes all air travel.

FCO and/or UKTI are paying certain expenses, including accommodation and in-country travel costs (but excluding all air travel) for official overseas visits undertaken by HRH The Duke of York. FCO and/or UKTI are also paying associated expenses for his supporting staff.

The total cost to UKTI for these visits will be available on the UKTI website following the publication of UKTI's audited accounts for the year ending March 2012. The cost for the FCO visit is expected to be available when The Duke of York publishes his annual review in the summer.

Air travel to and from countries and in-country is paid for by The Royal Travel Office. Further information can be obtained from the Grant-in-aid for Royal Travel by Air and Rail Annual Report that forms part of the Royal Public Finances annual report. Details can be found on the British Monarchy website:


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