Written Answers. - Foreign Travel.

Brian Cowen

Question:

645 Mr. Cowen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the destination and purpose of all visits abroad by him or by the Minister of State at his Department since the Dáil last sat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16971/96]

The following schedule outlines the information requested for the period 25 July to date.

Travel

Destination

Dates

Purpose of Trips

1. Minister

Libya

15-18 July 1996

Bilateral meetings with Libyan authorities re. BSE

Brussels

21-24 July 1996

Council of Ministers

Brussels

3-4 September 1996

*

Brussels

16-18 September 1996

Council of Ministers

2. Minister of State

Brussels

30-31 July 1996

Meeting with European Commission on arrangements for European conference on rural development to be held in Cork in November 1996.

Russia

16-18 September 1996

World Fair Exhibition

* Address European Parliament, meet Irish MEP's, Meet UECUB (European Beef Processors) and bilateral meeting with Commissioner Fischler.