Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

159 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Finance 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. [18983/03]

The information sought by the Deputy, since the formation of the Government on 6 June 2002, is set out in the following table.

Destination

Date From

Date To

Purpose To

1Madrid and Seville

20-Jun-02

22-Jun-02

ECOFIN and European Council

2Brussels

11-Jul-02

12-Jul-02

ECOFIN

3Copenhagen

6-Sep-02

7-Sep-02

Informal ECOFIN

4London

25-Sep-02

26-Sep-02

Dinner hosted by Chancellor of the Exchequer for Mr. Alan Greenspan

5Washington and New York

28-Sep-02

2-Oct-02

IMF-World Bank; G30; World Leadership Forum

6Luxembourg

7-Oct-02

8-Oct-02

ECOFIN

7Brussels

4-Nov-02

5-Nov-02

ECOFIN

8Brussels

2-Dec-02

3-Dec-02

ECOFIN

9Brussels

11-Dec-02

12-Dec-02

ECOFIN

10Brussels

20-Jan-03

21-Jan-03

ECOFIN

11Florida

11-Feb-03

16-Feb-03

Ireland-US Council

12Brussels

17-Feb-03

18-Feb-03

ECOFIN

13Brussels

6-Mar-03

7-Mar-03

ECOFIN

14Brussels

20-Mar-03

21-Mar-03

European Council

15Athens

4-Apr-03

5-Apr-03

Informal ECOFIN

16Brussels

12-May-03

14-May-03

ECOFIN

17Luxembourg

2-Jun-03

3-Jun-03

ECOFIN

18Berlin

10-Jun-03

12-Jun-03

Bilateral consultation at the invitation of the German Finance Minister