Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

147 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food 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. [18982/03]

The following table outlines travel details as requested:

Reason for travel

Date(s)

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Luxembourg

26 to 27 June 2002

NSMC Plenary Meeting – Armagh

28 June 2002

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Brussels

15 to 16 July 2002

Promotional Trip to UK

19 to 22 August 2002

Informal meeting of Agriculture Ministers – Nyborg Denmark

7 to 10 September 2002

Council of Agriculture Ministers in Brussels

23 September 2002

Bord Bia, Lamb Promotion, Paris

4 to 6 October 2002

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Luxembourg

14 October 2002

Meeting with US Sec. for Agriculture Ann Venemon – Washington

23 to 27 October 2002

Council – Brussels

27 to 29 November 2002

Address a special meeting of the Agriculture Committee – House of Commons, London

3 December 2002

Irish Embassy London – Bord Bia Trade Reception to promote British-Irish Trade – London

5 to 6 December 2002

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Brussels

16 to 17 December 2002

Spain – Bi-lateral talks with Spanish Minister for Agriculture

10 to 13 January 2003

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Brussels

27 to 28 January 2003

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Brussels

20 February 2003

Reason for travel

Date(s)

Attendance at the Salon d'Agriculture at the invitation of the French Minister for Agriculture followed by multi-lateral discussions on Agriculture policy issues. Visit to Poland at the invitation of the Polish Minister for Agriculture for bilateral discussions on Agriculture.

26 February to 1 March 2003

Bord Bia Food Promotion – London

10 March to 13 March 2003

St. Patrick's Day Irish Promotional Visit to Paris followed by the Council of Agriculture Ministers in Brussels

15 March to 18 March 2003

London – Address an Agri European Outlook Conference on Reform, Trade and Sustainability and onto Paris for a multi-lateral meeting on the Mid-term Review in the offices of the French Minister for Agriculture.

30 March-1 April 2003

Council of Agriculture in Luxembourg

7 April-8 April 2003

Informal Meeting of Council of Agriculture Ministers – Corfu, Greece

9 May-13 May 2003

Council of Agriculture – Brussels

27 May-28 May 2003

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Luxembourg

10 June-13 June 2003

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Luxembourg

17 June-20 June 2003

Council of Agriculture Ministers – Luxembourg

24 June-27 June 2003