Written Answers. - Ministerial Visits Abroad.

Thursday, 2 December 1976

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 294 No. 9

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63.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Local Government if he will give details of each visit abroad by himself and his Parliamentary Secretary since 31st March, 1973, including the [1338] nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for Local Government (Mr. Tully): Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Since 31st March, 1973, I have been abroad on Government business on 13 occasions. No journeys abroad have been made by my Parliamentary Secretary on Government business. Details of my journeys abroad are set out in a statement which I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate in the Official Report:

Following is the statement:

Location Purpose Net Cost
£
1973 Brussels Meeting of EEC Council of Ministers— Environment 136.88
La Grande Motte, France European Conference of Ministers for Regional Planning 144.25
Sunningdale Conference on Northern Ireland 27.81
1974 London Discussions with British Prime Minister 90.35
Brussels Meeting of EEC Council of Ministers— Environment 117.88
Paris Meeting of OECD Environment Ministers 257.81
1975 Rome and Luxembourg Rome: Canonisation of St. Oliver Plunkett 572.65
Luxembourg: Meeting of EEC Council of Ministers—Environment 572.65
Amsterdam Congress to mark European Architectural Heritage Year 509.23
Brussels Meeting of EEC Council of Ministers— Environment 145.47
1976 Kingston, Jamica and New York Kingston: Conference on the Environment New York: Discussions with State and City Officials on Housing and Environmental matters 1,286.78
Stockholm Visit to Swedish Minister for Local Govern- ment 1,022.42
Bari, Italy Third European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning 363.55
Athens Council of Europe—Meeting of Committee on co-operation in Municipal and Regional Matters 600.00*

Including the visit for which exact figures are not yet available, the total cost of visits abroad is £5,275.08.

*These are estimated costs as all the accounts are not yet available.

66.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for the Public Service if he will give details of each visit abroad by him since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for the Public Service (Mr. R. Ryan): Information on Richie Ryan  Zoom on Richie Ryan  In my capacity as Minister for the Public Service I have not made any trips abroad on Government business.

68.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Finance if he will give details of each visit abroad by himself and his Parliamentary Secretary since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for Finance (Mr. R. Ryan): Information on Richie Ryan  Zoom on Richie Ryan  With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle I propose to circulate in the Official Report a statement showing the information requested by the Deputy.

Following is the statement:

Place Purpose of Journey Gross Cost (including accommodation) Refunds Net Cost
£ £ £
(1) Washington Committee of 20 of IMF 433.00 355.51 77.49
(2) Nairobi IMF/World Bank Meeting 894.00 878.00 16.00
(3) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 51.00 67.00 16.00(gain)
(4) Sunningdale Sunningdale Agreement 28.25 28.25
(5) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 51.00 67.00 16.00(gain)
(6) Rome IMF Meeting 311.00 265.00 46.00
(7) Salzburg Club of Rome 54.00 54.00
(8) The Hague EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 116.00 63.00 53.00
(9) Luxembourg EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 174.22 77.01 97.21
(10) Washington Committee of 20 of IMF 417.22 404.00 13.22
(11) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 120.47 72.06 48.41
(12) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 169.15 114.73 54.42
(13) Boston, New York, Washington AGM of IMF 818.37 641.00 177.37
(14) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 130.57 78.35 52.22
(15) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 123.56 78.46 45.10
(16) London EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 51.67 51.67
(17) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 145.86 78.50 67.36
(18) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 88.45 78.50 9.95
(19) Paris Signing of OECD Solidarity Fund 95.59 95.59
(20) Luxembourg EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 172.50 85.80 86.70
(21) Washington Discussions as President of Council of Finance Ministers of EEC with US Treasury 516.02 516.02
(22) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 95.07 84.93 10.14
(23) Paris OECD Ministerial Meeting 109.07 109.07
(24) Paris IMF Interim Committee Meeting 156.46 156.46
(25) Luxembourg Kuwait, Bahrain, U.A. Emirates Finance Ministers' Meeting and Goodwill Visit 640.58 94.14 546.44
(26) Lebanon, Iran Goodwill Visit 689.71 689.71
(27) Brussels Budget Council Meeting 82.40 100.00 17.60(gain)
(28) Venice, Rome EEC Ministers' Meeting 84.42 84.42
(29) Washington IMF AGM 995.80 995.80
(30) New York, Chicago Industrial promotions in conjunction with the IDA 114.52 114.52
(31) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 90.76 92.93 2.17(gain)
(32) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 164.51 92.93 71.58
(33) Jamaica IMF Interim Committee Meeting 838.73 838.73
(34) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 183.09 92.94 90.15
(35) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 175.23 92.60 82.63
(36) Luxembourg EEC Finance and Foreign Affairs Ministers' Meeting 468.76 112.00 356.76
(37) Saudi Arabia Goodwill visit 783.51 783.51
(38) Luxembourg EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 158.64 158.64
(39) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 101.50 103.73 2.23(gain)
(40) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers' Meeting 110.90 103.82 7.08
(41) Luxembourg EEC Finance and Agriculture Ministers' Meeting 116.76 102.71 14.05
(42) Manila IMF AGM Accounts Outstanding
Totals £11,122.32 £5,472.45 £5,649.87

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[1341] The late Deputy Henry Kenny, as my Parliamentary Secretary, travelled abroad on Government business three times. His successor, Deputy Michael [1342] Begley, travelled abroad six times.

The details of these journeys are set out below.

Place Purpose of Journey Gross Cost Refund Net Cost
Mr. Kenny: £ £ £
(1) Vienna IFPRA Conference 479.61 479.61
(2) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers Meeting 116.28 74.20 42.08
(3) Brussels EEC Finance Ministers Meeting 149.73 76.30 73.43
TOTALS 745.62 150.50 595.12
Michael Begley:
(1) Brussels Finance Ministers Meeting 139.71 90.83 48.88
(2) Brussels Tripartite Meeting 118.89 96.15 22.74
(3) Brussels Finance Ministers Meeting 181.39 96.20 85.19
(4) Luxembourg EEC Tripartite Meeting 152.72 118.65 34.07
(5) Brussels EEC Budget Council Meeting 326.76 111.00 215.76
(6) Brussels EEC Budget Meeting 210.90 111.00 99.90
TOTALS 1,130.37 623.83 506.54

The overall net cost of all journeys was £6,751.53. This does not include my journey to the AGM of the IMF in Manila last October, for which accounts are still outstanding, but for which a refund will be paid by the IMF.

69.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he will give details of each visit abroad by himself and his Parliamentary Secretary since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (Mr. Clinton): Information on Mark A. Clinton  Zoom on Mark A. Clinton  Particulars of journeys outside the State in respect of the periods 31st March to 3rd November, 1974, and 1st January to 28th October, 1975 have already been given in reply to questions asked on 6th November, 1974, and 28th October, 1975, respectively.

As the remainder of the reply is in the form of a tabular statement I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

(1) From 31st March, 1973 to 30th March, 1974

Date Destination Purpose Cost
1973 £
April 9th-10th Luxembourg Council of Ministers Meeting 121.92
,, 11th-12th Paris OECD Ministerial Meeting 116.57
,, 16th-17th Luxembourg Council of Ministers Meeting 106.50
,, 28th-30th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 115.48
May 14th-15th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 101.92
June 4th-5th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 97.63
June 18th-19th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 101.53
July 16th-17th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 76.45
September 24th-25th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 97.17
October 22nd-23rd Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 142.19
November 10th-17th Rome FAO Conference
November 18th-20th Brussels Council of Ministers Meeting
[1343][1344]December 2nd-3rd London Smithfield Show 47.02
December 10th-11th Brussels Council of Ministers Meeting 94.44
1974
January 14th-15th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 108.08
January 21st-23rd Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 613.13
January 24th-27th Berlin “Green Week”
February 11th-12th Brussels Council of Ministers Meeting 107.38
February 18th-19th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 121.95
March 21st-22nd Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 98.58
(2) From 4th November, 1974 to 31st December, 1974
November 4th-10th Rome FAO Conference 261.99
November 17th-19th Brussels Council of Ministers Meeting 128.67
December 8th-11th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 121.40
(3) From 29th October, 1975 to date
1975
October 29th-30th Luxembourg Council of Ministers Meeting 121.36
November 10th-11th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,,
November 12th-15th Rome FAO Conference
December 15th-16th Brussels Council of Ministers Meeting 266.89
1976
January 19th-20th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 157.53
February 16th-17th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 157.63
March 1st-4th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 237.75
April 5th-6th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 144.52
April 29th-30th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 133.65
May 17th-18th Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 140.69
June 14th-15th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 154.01
June 21st-22nd Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,, 130.81
July 5th-6th Birmingham Royal Show Stoneleigh and meeting with French Officials 52.38
July 19th-20th Brussels Council of Ministers Meeting 135.46
September 1st Brussels Meeting with British and French Ministers for Agriculture and EEC Commissioner 110.17
September 9th Brussels Special Council of Ministers Meeting 116.82
September 27th The Hague Council of Ministers Meeting 142.39
October 4th-5th Luxembourg ,, ,, ,, ,,
October 6th-7th Brussels Visiting Sugar Factories in Belgium and Holland 192.69
October 14th-15th London Talks on fishery matters with British Ministers 67.71
October 25th-26th Luxembourg Council of Ministers Meeting 176.90
November 22nd-23rd Brussels ,, ,, ,, ,, 107.00

Visits abroad undertaken by Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries from 29th October, 1975 to date

Date Destination Purpose Cost
October 14th-15th London Talks on fishery matters with British Ministers 47.70

The net cost to the Exchequer (after deduction of refunds from the Commission of the EEC) of all visits abroad by the Minister and by the Parliamentary Secretary from 31st March, 1973 to date is £8,030.

[1345]70.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Labour if he will give details of each visit abroad by him since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

[1346]Minister for Labour (Mr. M. O'Leary): Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  I would refer the Deputy to replies which I gave to similar questions covering the period up to 7th September, 1975. Information in respect of official visits abroad since then is given below.

Nature of Visit Place Cost
Preparatory meetings called by Italian Minister during the Italian Presidency of the Council of Social Affairs Venice 344.66
European Tripartite Conference Brussels 139.03
Permanent Employment Committee Brussels 124.02
Meeting with British Minister for Transport re: EEC Regulations London 79.76
EEC Transport Council Brussels 151.43
EEC Council of Social Affairs Ministers Brussels 107.00
Meeting with Director General of ILO Geneva 285.34
Meeting with US Secretary for Employment re: ILO New York Washington 887.31
EEC Council of Social Affairs Ministers Luxembourg 474.17
Address to Royal Institute for International Affairs London on EEC Social Policy Official visit to Sweden at the invitation of Swedish Minister for Labour Stockholm London 540.45
Meeting of OECD Ministers in Paris Paris 597.23
Attendance at ILO World Employment Conference and Annual Conference as President of ILO Geneva 1,791.32
Meeting with General Secretary of Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD Paris 206.19
Meeting with Manpower Services Commission, London London 123.62
Meeting with chief negotiators of Local Authority Conditions of Service Advisory Boards London 157.78
Performance of official opening of IDA offices at Stuttgart, Germany Stuttgart 46.44
Address to the Anti-Apartheid Movement/Trade Union Conference on South Africa in capacity of President of ILO and meeting with Mr. Albert Booth, Secretary of State for Employment London 344.90
Meeting with Lord Diamond, Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth London 143.55
A total sum of £423.65 was received by way of EEC Refund in respect of certain EEC meetings -423.65
TOTAL OVERALL COST 6,120.55

[1347]72.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for the Gaeltacht if he will give details of each visit abroad by him since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for the Gaeltacht (Mr. O'Donnell): Information on Thomas G. O'Donnell  Zoom on Thomas G. O'Donnell  Le cead an Cheann Comhairle cuirfear an t-eolas timpeall sa Tuairisc Oifigiúil.

Seo a leanas an t-eolas:

An Na háiteannaar tugadh cuairt orthu Na hócáidí costas ar an Roinn
Cuairteanna a sonraíodh cheana i bhfreagra an 28 Deireadh Fómhair 1975 (col. 355) £952
Mancuin, Bermingham agus Londain Cabhrú chun tionscail a fháil don Ghaeltacht 88
An Bhruiséal Fadhbanna Gaeltachta á bplé le Coimisinisinéirí agus oifigigh de chuid CEE 492
[1348]An Ísistír Scrúdú ar mhodhanna míntíreachais, gairneoireachta agus margaíochta 171
An tIomlán £1,703

73.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Lands if he will give details of each visit abroad by him since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for Lands (Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick,: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Cavan): The reply is in the form of a tabular statement which, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to circulate with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Place Visited Date Purpose of Visit Cost of Visit
£
1. Iran 6th-13th April, 1974 Attending the Annual General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wild-life Conservation. 1,017.18
2. France 4th-5th February, 1975 Participation in Executive Board meeting of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. 103.28
3. France 1st-6th September, 1975 Attending the Annual General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. 508.59
4. Belgium 22nd-24th March, 1976 Attending the 2nd European Ministerial Conference on the Environment. 243.71
5. Belgium 22nd-27th May, 1976 Attending the Annual General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation. 608.19
Overall Cost (31st March, 1973-to date) £2,480.95

[1349]75.

Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will give details of each visit abroad by himself and his Parliamentary Secretary since 31st March, 1973, including the nature, place and cost of each visit; and the overall cost.

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Dr. FitzGerald): Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  In three previous Parliamentary replies on 20th February, 1974, 7th November, 1974, and 28th October, 1975, I circulated with the Official Report, a statement setting out the date, destination, purpose and cost of trips which I made abroad since [1350] 15th March, 1973. I will circulate with the Official Report the details for the period since that covered by the last reply up to 16th November, 1976, along with similar details for my Parliamentary Secretary.

The overall cost of my visits abroad since March, 1973, is £22,557.57. The overall cost of visits abroad by my Parliamentary Secretary is £1,455.70. The total cost for my visits abroad and those of my Parliamentary Secretary is £24,033.27.

Following is the statement:

Date Destination Purpose Cost
1975 £
October 30th-31st Rome Meeting of Foreign Ministers (Political Co-Operation Committee Davignon) 200.67
November 4th-6th London Discussions with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 30.77
November 28th-December 3rd Rome European Council (Summit) 229.73
December 8th-9th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) Dinner hosted for EEC journalists 40.60
December 15th-17th Netherlands Official Visit 134.56
1976
January 2nd-3rd Manchester Conference organised by the Association of Contemporary European Studies 53.46
January 19th-20th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 20.71
February 5th-6th Brussels Conference of European Movement
Luxembourg Meeting with Commissioner Ortoli and the Prime Minister of Luxembourg 122.42
February 9th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 17.09
February 23rd-24th Luxembourg Meeting of Foreign Ministers (Political Co-Operation Committee Davignon) 149.05
March 1st-2nd Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 27.37
March 4th-5th London Discussions with British Prime Minister 62.56
[1351]March 16th-23rd USA Official Visit 1084.42
March 31st-April 6th Luxembourg (i) European Council Meeting Summit
(ii) Foreign Affairs/Finance Council
(iii) Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 231.04
April 9th-28th Strasbourg Address to Conference on future of Democratic Institutions in Europe
Vienna Official Visit to Austria
Algiers, Tunis, Rabat Signing of EEC/Maghreb Agreements 586.19
May 2nd-4th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) and Political Co-Operation Davignon 41.41
May 14th-15th Luxembourg Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers 272.50
May 31st-June 1st Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 30.03
June 6th-8th Cairo Financial Times— Conference on Euro-Arab Co-Operation in Cairo 5.00
June 11th-12th Luxembourg EEC Ministerial Meeting re. Direct Elections 121.42
June 18th-23rd Paris OECD Ministerial Meeting 250.26
June 28th-30th Brussels (i) Meeting with Commissioner Thomson re. Regional Fund Operation
Luxembourg (ii) Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 56.97
July 2nd-4th Oxford British/Irish Association Meeting 262.12
July 11th-13th Brussels European Council (Summit)
July 14th-15th Brussels ACP/EEC Council Meeting 62.93
July 19th-20th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 30.16
July 27th-28th Brussels Council of Ministers 30.16
September 7th-8th Amsterdam Address to Europe Institute University of Amsterdam 126.11
September 11th-12th The Hague Informal Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs 126.51
September 20th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 19.00
September 24th-25th London Meeting with new Northern Ireland Secretary of State 72.72
[1352][1353][1354]September 25th- October 8th New York Address to UN General Assembly 209.50
Address to National University Club
Address to Hartford University Connecticut
Address to Yale University
October 8th-9th Edinburgh Address to Centre for European Governmental Studies 19.72
October 14th-15th London Discussions with British Foreign Secretary 72.72
October 17th-20th Luxembourg Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 75.00
October 29th-30th The Hague Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 31.74
November 11th-12th London Address to Oxford Union Debating Society 87.72
November 14th-16th Brussels Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) 49.00
5,043.34

Date Destination Purpose Cost
1975 £
April 16th-24th Strasbourg Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe 337.46
Copenhagen Meeting of the EEC/Turkey Parliamentary Association
October 5th-8th Luxembourg Council of Ministers (Development Co-operation) 68.32
October 12th-14th Luxembourg Council of Ministers (Development Co-operation) 62.42
November 26th-30th Paris Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe 220.25
December 13th-20th Paris Attendance at Conference on International Economic Co-operation (C.I.E.C.) 268.95
1976 April 6th-13th Luxembourg Council of Ministers (Development Co-operation) 73.28
May 4th-8th Strasbourg Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe 199.45
September 21st-23rd Strasbourg Accession by Portugal to the Council of Europe 176.28
November 8th-9th Brussels Council of Ministers (Development Co-operation) 49.29
1,455.70


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