Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

250 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of times since his appointment to the Government he has been out of the country on official business; the locations he travelled to, the dates and the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18991/03]

I have been out of the country on ten occasions on official business since my appointment to the Government. Details are as follows:

Place

Dates

Nature of Meeting etc.

Sonderburg, Denmark

18 July 2002 to 20 July 2002

Danish Informal Environment Council

Johannesburg

30 August 2002 to 5 September 2002

World Summit on Sustainable Development

The Hague

20 October 2002 to 21 October 2002

Arbitral Tribunal hearing on case brought by Ireland on Sellafield under OSPAR Convention

Brussels

8 December 2002 to 9 December 2002

Environment Council

London

15 January 2003 to 19 January 2003

Third meeting of the British Irish Council Environment Sector; discussions with Irish Ambassador to UK

Edinburgh

13 February 2003 to 16 February 2003

Meeting with Scottish Minister for Social Justice and attendance at Enterprise Ireland Event

Brussels

3 March 2003 to 4 March 2003

Environment Council

Brazil

7 March 2003 to 19 March 2003

St. Patrick's Day visit programme, including meetings with Brazilian Minister for the Environment and State Governors

New York

25 April 2003 to 1 May 2003

UN Conference on Sustainable Development: ministerial segment

Kiev

20 May 2003 to 23 May 2003

5th UNECE Conference on Environment for Europe