Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Minister's Visits Abroad.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state in regard to visits abroad made by him since 13th June, 1951 (a) the date and duration of each such visit; (b) the country or countries visited; (c) the purpose of each such visit; (d) the number of civil servants and/or officials of state-sponsored corporations who accompanied him on each such visit, and (e) the total expenditureinvolved, including travel, hotels, entertainment at embassies, legations or elsewhere, whether borne by State funds or by State-sponsored corporations.

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

Following is the statement:—

VISITS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS BY THE MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE SINCE 13TH JUNE, 1951.

Date and duration of visit

Country or countries visited

Purpose of visit

Number of Civil Servants and/or officials of State-sponsored corporations who accompanied him

The total expenditure involved including travel, hotels, functions at Embassies, Legations or elsewhere whether borne by State funds or by State-sponsored corporations

£

s.

d.

9th July, 1951 to 10th July, 1951.

England

Discussions with British Government on coal supplies.

4

58

9

4

1st October, 1951

Belfast

Discussions re Great Northern Railway.

5

11

16

0

17th February, 1952 to 20th February, 1952.

England

Discussions with British Government concerning sterling area problems.

2

77

18

6

£

s.

d.

29th August, 1952 to 4th September, 1952.

Germany

Opening of Irish Pavilion, Frankfurt Fair and discussions with West German Government.

2

(a)

464

6

8

(b)

213

6

3

677

12

11

10th August, 1953

Belfast

Signing of Agreement re Great Northern Railway.

5

12

13

6

21st September, 1953 to 8th October, 1953.

Canada and United States.

Opening of offices of Córas Tráchtála.

3

(a)

2,138

12

10

(c)

1,500

0

0

3,638

12

10

(a) Charged to Vote for Industry and Commerce.

(b) Charged to Vote for Department of External Affairs.

(c) Defrayed by Córas Tráchtála, Teoranta.