Institute of Economic Affairs: Meetings

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, where her dinner with the Institute of Economic Affairs on 14 January 2020 took place; and whether she used a ministerial car to attend that location.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which representatives of the Institute of Economic Affairs and other external guests were present at her dinner with the Institute of Economic Affairs on 14 January 2020.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, at what location her meetings with the Institute of Economic Affairs took place on (a) 10 February 2020 and (b) 17 March 2020.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Government (a)(i) property, (ii) IT equipment and (ii) refreshments were used and (b) a cost to the public purse was incurred during her meetings with the Institute of Economic Affairs on (A) 10 February 2020 and (B) 17 March 2020.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which (a) representatives of the Institute of Economic Affairs and (b) other individuals from external organisations were present at her meetings with the Institute of Economic Affairs on (a) 10 February 2020 and (b) 17 March 2020.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her meetings with the Institute of Economic Affairs on (a) 10 February 2020 and (b) 17th March 2020 were arranged through her (i) ministerial office or (ii) special advisers.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether one of her private secretaries or other Departmental officials was present at (a) her dinner with the Institute of Economic Affairs on 14 January 2020 and (b) meetings with the Institute of Economic Affairs on (b) 10 February 2020 and (c) 17 March 2020.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Secretary of State’s attendance at a dinner and two meetings on 10 February and 17 March was declared in line with the Government’s transparency requirements. The three engagements were conducted in line with the guidance to Ministers on meetings with external organisations. The Government does not routinely release detailed information about ministerial engagements and the operation of the ministerial private office.

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