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Government Property (Southampton)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many properties formerly owned by Government Departments have been made available to (a) the council and (b) housing associations in the Southampton City Council area. [27560]

Mr. Raynsford: This information is not held centrally.

Government Properties (Winchester)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many properties formerly owned by Government Departments have been made available to (a) the council and (b) housing associations in the Winchester City Council area. [28332]

Mr. Raynsford: This information is not held centrally.

"Rural England 1996"

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list, with reference to the consultation exercise carried out prior to the publication of "Rural England 1996" Cm 3444, those individuals and organisations who attended each of the public consultation meetings, where each meeting was held and when. [28536]

Angela Eagle: A large number of conferences and seminars were held following the publication of the Rural White Paper, "Rural England: A Nation Committed to a Living Countryside" in 1995. "Rural England 1996" reported that these events were arranged by voluntary agencies, parish, district and county councils. Government Ministers participated in over 50 of such meetings. Records of the individuals and organisations who attended each of the meetings are not held centrally.

Local Democracy

Mr. Darvill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will publish his proposals for reforming local democracy; and if he will make a statement. [28962]

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Mr. Prescott: I have published today the first in a series of papers inviting discussion on proposals to modernise English local government. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

This first paper--on local democracy and community leadership--sets out proposals for modernising local electoral arrangements, for developing new ways in which councils can listen to their local communities and involve them in their decisions, for devising new ways in which councils can work, and for strengthening councils' roles as leaders of their local communities.

Other papers in the series will cover our proposals for best value in service delivery, a new ethical framework for local government, and aspects of the local government finance system. Following what I hope will be a wide public debate, we will set out our firm proposals in a White Paper. Our aim is a reinvigorated local government playing its full part as a partner with central government in laying the foundations for stable economic growth and improving the quality of people's lives.

PRIME MINISTER

Overseas Visits

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list all overseas visits made since 1 May 1997 on which he has been accompanied under Rule 83 of the Ministerial Code, indicating (a) who accompanied him (b) the cost to public funds of each such visit. [23251]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 15 January 1998]: My wife accompanied me on the following official overseas visits.





Any additional costs incurred are minimal as was the case under the previous Administration.

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost to public funds of the trip to the Seychelles and Nairobi for (a) the travel and accommodation of accompanying staff and (b) the Prime Minister and Mrs. Blair. [23478]

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) officials and (b) security staff accompanied him on his trip to the Seychelles. [27151]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 January 1998]: The costs of travel and accommodation for myself and my family were met by the Blair family. Other costs related to the Prime Minister's security and secure telecommunications. It has been the practice of successive Governments not to detail such expenditure for security reasons.

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Prime Minister (1) when it was decided, and by whom, that the term spouse in paragraph 83 of the Ministerial Code should be extended to permit those not married to a Minister making an overseas trip to accompany him or her at public expense; [25773]

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The Prime Minister [holding answer 27 January 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Guildford (Mr. St. Aubyn) on 20 January 1998, Official Report, column 483.

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Prime Minister (1) what was the public interest justification under paragraph 83 of the Ministerial Code when he granted permission to the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Leeds, Central (Mr. Fatchett), to take his wife to Australasia and the Pacific from 12 to 22 September; [25771]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 27 January 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 5 February 1998, Official Report, columns 732-33.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Prime Minister what clear public interest was served by the visit of Miss Geraldine Daly when accompanying the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, North (Mr. Henderson) to Luxembourg. [26247]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 29 January 1998]: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire) on 5 February 1998, Official Report, columns 732-33.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list Government expenditure on Ministerial overseas visits at current prices (a) for the financial years (i) 1993-94, (ii) 1994-95, (iii) 1995-96 and (iv) 1996-97 and (b) from 1 May 1997. [28964]

The Prime Minister: Expenditure on Ministerial overseas visits in real terms for the periods requested is estimated as follows:

Year£ million
1993-946.5
1994-956.6
1995-966.9
1996-977.5
1 May 1997 onwards4.7


These figures do not include some expenditure falling to the Scottish Office, the Ministry of Defence, and the Welsh Office where the information is not available for the earlier years. Full information is available from

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1996-97 and the full cost for 1996-97 was over £7.8 million and for the period since 1 May was less than £5 million.

Ministerial Hospitality

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list Government expenditure on Ministerial hospitality at current prices (a) for the financial years (i) 1993-94, (ii) 1994-95, (iii) 1995-96 and (iv) 1996-97 and (b) from 1 May 1997. [28965]

The Prime Minister: Expenditure on Ministerial entertaining and hospitality for official purposes for 1993-94 is not available. For the later years in real terms it is estimated as follows.

Year£ million
1994-952.0
1995-961.8
1996-972.0
1 May 1997 onwards0.9


These figures for 1994-95 and 1995-96 do not include expenditure falling to the Ministry of Defence as figures are not yet available.

Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer of 28 January 1998, Official Report, column 342, what was the total cost of Government hospitality between 1 May 1997 and 1 February 1998; and what was the figure for the equivalent period in 1996-97. [26855]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 2 February 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) today.


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