Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Minister's American Visit.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state the cost to public funds of the recent visit to America by the Minister for External Affairs.

As the Minister's visit ended only on the 25th March, exact figures of expenditure are not yet available. The Deputy is requested to repeat his question in, say, four weeks' time.

Would the Minister consider that it might be advisable to have in the Book of Estimates in future a special Estimate to provide for trips for Deputy MacBride, Minister for External Affairs?

I will consider the suggestion.