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Africa and Middle East: Visits Abroad

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 39735, tabled on 19 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many overseas visits were undertaken by Ministers from her Department to (a) the Middle East and (b) Africa in each year since 2010.

Answered on

29 July 2022

Details of ministerial commercial travel are published quarterly on gov.uk. Please see the link below for the FCDO return.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fcdo-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings#full-publication-update-history

The latest data was published on 14 July with an accompanying Written Ministerial Statement made in both Houses of Parliament on 15 July:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-07-15/debates/2207152000007/GovernmentTransparencyAndAccountability#

Earlier travel data from 2011-2021 for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and from 2009 for the Department for International Development can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/minister-data and https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-with-external-organisations-in-the-department-for-international-development

The 2010 FCO information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.