Dáil Éireann - Volume 374 - 28 October, 1987

Written Answers. - Ministerial Journeys.

85. Mr. Spring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will give details of the trips he has made abroad since assuming office; the names and status of all persons who accompanied him on these trips; and the cost of these trips.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. O'Kennedy): Following are the details of journeys abroad other than EC related travel:

Date

Purpose/destination

Accompanied by

Cost

12-14 May

OECD Ministerial Meeting, Paris.

Spouse

£570 (a)

5-6 July

Royal Show, Stoneleigh, Coventry

Spouse and one official (Information Officer)

£250 (a)

27 September-

Promotional visit to

Spouse and one official

Not yet

7 October

Peru/Mexico

(Personal Adviser)

available (b)

8 October

Promotional visit to Berlin

Spouse and two officials

(Personal Adviser and Information Officer)

Not yet

available (b)

9-12 October

ANUGA Food Fair, Cologne

Spouse and two officials

(Personal Adviser and Information Officer)

Not yet

available (b)

(a) Excluding cost of travel by official Government transport.

(b) Cost of air fares with the exception of the Information Officer's travel will not be borne by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

As regards EC related travel I travelled to EC destinations, mainly Brussels and Luxembourg, on 16 occasions in connection with meetings of the Council of Ministers or for discussions with Ministers of other member states or with Commissioners of the European Communities. I was accompanied by between one and seven officials from my Department as appropriate to the nature and scope of the meetings; my wife also accompanied me on two occasions. The total cost for all involved was approximately £21,000 which excludes air fares recouped by the EC and travel by official Government transport.