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Department for Work and Pensions: Northern Ireland

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place; and how long they spent at the border in each of those visits.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government is committed to providing complete transparency on Ministerial visits overseas to Parliament and the public. Where Government ministers have travelled between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, details will be published quarterly on

The information requested for officials in my Department is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. However, details of business expenses incurred by senior officials including domestic and international travel is also published quarterly and is available on

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