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Points of Order

42. Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make a statement on the procedure for raising points of order during a Division. [8743]

Mr. Newton: I refer my hon. Friend to page 366 of the 21st edition of Erskine May and to the Second Report from the Sessional Committee on Procedure (HC 152 (1976-77)).

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 November, Official Report, column 555, how much of the sums paid for clothing to members of the royal family and those accompanying them went to (a) the Duke and Duchess of Kent and (b) the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; and what sum was devoted to hiring charges. [9950]

Mr. Rifkind: In 1995-96, the cost to my Department for clothing for official overseas visits by the Duke and Duchess of Kent and those accompanying them was £5,300; for the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and those accompanying them, it was £3,000. None of these sums was devoted to hiring charges.

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North Korea

Mr. Elletson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the situation in North Korea with the United States Government; and if he will make a statement. [9830]

Mr. Hanley: My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed North Korea with the US Secretary of State on 10 December when he raised our concern over the increased tension on the Korean peninsula since the submarine incident in September. Since then, the North Korean Government have issued a statement of apology on 29 December.

Mr. Elletson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the situation in North Korea with the Government of the Republic of South Korea; and if he will make a statement. [9831]

Mr. Hanley: My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea on 3 December, and I held talks with the Vice-Minister on 17 December. At both we discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula in the aftermath of the submarine incident. The statement of apology issued by North Korea on 29 December undertaking to ensure no recurrence of such incidents has led to a welcome easing of tension on the peninsula.

Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions when Cabinet Ministers on official visits to (a) Singapore, (b) Thailand, (c) Malaysia, (d) Japan and (e) South Korea have used (i) the official residence and (ii) a residence other than the official residence since 1994, indicating the cost involved. [9960]

Mr. Hanley: The official visits made by Cabinet Ministers to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea since 1994 are shown in the table.

We are still awaiting information from other Departments which may add to this list. I shall write when it has been received.

Official visits by Cabinet Ministers to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea 1994 to 1996

DateMinisterDestinationAccommodationCost £
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1994
11 to 20 SeptemberSecretary of StateThailand and JapanResidence, Bangkok x two nights; residence, Tokyo x two nights
1996
26 August to 4 SeptemberSecretary of StateJapanResidence, Tokyo x one night
27 October to 2 NovemberSecretary of StateThailandResidence, Bangkok x three nights
There were no visits made by the Secretary of State in this period to Singapore, Malaysia or South Korea Ministry of Defence
1996
JanuarySecretary of StateSingapore and MalaysiaResidence, Singapore; residence, Kuala Lumpur
JanuarySecretary of StateSouth KoreaHotelGuest of Government
SeptemberSecretary of StateJapanResidence, Tokyo
Department of Health
1995
13 to 17 MarchSecretary of StateJapan and South KoreaResidence, Tokyo; Hotel, Seoul
11 to 14 SeptemberMinister of HealthSingapore, Thailand and MalaysiaHotel, Singapore; residence, Bangkok; residence, Kuala Lumpur859.93
1996
14 to 20 SeptemberMinister of HealthSingapore, Thailand, Japan and South KoreaHotel, Singapore; Residence, Singapore; Hotel, Kuala Lumpur; Hotel, Tokyo; Residence, Tokyo; Residence, Seoul424.34 385.42 601.91
Lord Chancellor's Office
1994
8 January 1994Lord ChancellorSingaporeResidence, Singapore
Department of National Heritage
1996
27 to 30 MaySecretary of StateJapanResidence, Tokyo
Department of Transport
1995
18 to 24 AprilSecretary of StateJapan and South KoreaResidence, Tokyo x two nights
Hotel, Nagoya x one night (20)£425.22
Hotel, Kyoto x one night£232.91
Hotel, Seoul x three nights£252.00
1996
10 to 11 AprilSecretary of StateSingaporeResidence, Singapore
29 to 30 JulySecretary of StateMalaysiaHotel, Langkawi x one night£155.00
Residence, Kuala Lumpur x one night
Welsh Office
1994
6 to 9 SeptemberSecretary of StateJapanHotel, Osaka x one nightno cost available
Residence, Tokyo x three nights
1995
10 to 15 SeptemberSecretary of StateJapan and South KoreaResidence, Tokyo x two nights
Hotel, Osaka x two nightsno cost available
Residence, Seoul x two nights
1996
9 to 14 SeptemberSecretary of StateSouth Korea and JapanResidence, Seoul x one night
Residence, Tokyo x two nights
Hotel, Osaka, x one nightno cost available
Hotel, Heppu, x one nightno cost available
Hotel, Osaka x one nightno cost available
Scottish Office
1996
MaySecretary of StateJapan and South KoreaResidence, Tokyo
Hotel, Osaka£893.00
Residence, Seoul

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Mr. Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the official residences owned by his Department in south America; and if he will indicate the occasions when Cabinet Ministers on official visits to each country have used (a) the official residence and (b) a residence other than the official residence since 1994, indicating the cost involved. [9955]

Mr. Hanley: Official residences are owned in the following cities: Asuncion, Belmopan, Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala City, La Paz, Lima, Montevideo, Panama City, Quito, Rio de Janiero, San Jose, San Salvador, Santiago, Sao Paulo.

Information currently at hand indicates the following visits by Cabinet Ministers to the area since 1994:




    Brazil and Bolivia 8 to 17 April 1996 (Brasilia residence);

    Copacabana Palace hotel,
    Rio de Janiero No cost--guest of Government
    Hotel Moferraj Sheraton,
    Sao Paulo


    Lord Presidence of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons:


    Ecuador, Paraguay, Uraquay and Brazil, 7 to 22 August 1996 (Quito residence, Asuncion residence, Montevideo residence, hotel International Brasilia (Cost not available));


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment:


    Chile and Colombia, 28 May to 4 June 1996 (Residences at Santiago and Bogota but for one night in hotel--cost £362);


    Secretary of State for Defence:


    Chile December 1996 to January 1997 (Santiago residence).

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    We are still awaiting information from other Departments which may add to this list. I shall write separately when it has been received.


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