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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2938

Mr Daly (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many official overseas visits have been made by (a) Ministers and (b) office holders of the Parliament during the 27th Parliament.

(2)   What were the names and designations of the persons accompanying each Minister and office holders.

(3)   What was the (a) purpose, (b) length of visit and (c) total cost of each visit.

(4)   On how many occasions was the wife of the Minister or office holder included in the delegation and what were the names of the persons concerned.

(5)   What was the cost for the wife of those concerned on each occasion.

(6)   What is the total cost of all these overseas visits during the 27th Parliament to date.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (6) Between the commencement of the 27th Parliament on 25th November 1969 and 21st April 1972 - a period of 2 years and 5 monthsthere has been a total of 72 overseas visits by Ministers (44 of these accompanied by wives) and 7 by office holders of the Parliament (5 of these accompanied by wives).

So far as Ministers' visits are concerned, it is the practice to announce details of each visit at the time in Parliament or, if Parliament is not sitting, by means of Press statements.

Information on each individual visit over the two and a half years is not centrally recorded in the form required by the honourable member's question. To compile it would be a substantial task and I am reluctant to authorise the administrative effort that would be involved.

Costs incurred on ministerial visits and visits by office holders of the Parliament during this financial year will be shown in Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1972-73; costs in relation to earlier visits have already been published in the relevant Appropriation Bills.

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