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She accompanied the Chief Minister to China and the United Kingdom consistent with Remuneration Tribunal Determination No.118, permitting spouse/partner-accompanied travel to the sum of $2,000 per year. All costs over and above the $2,000 limit incurred by Mrs Stanhope while travelling with the Chief Minister in China and the United Kingdom were met by her.

Mrs Stanhope was not an official member of the delegation and while she travelled in a private capacity, she did attend various events as a guest of the Mayors of Beijing and Hangzhou among others, whilst in China. Mrs Stanhope also accepted official hospitality from the First Minister of Wales whilst in Cardiff and the British Government in London.

Mrs Stanhope together with the Chief Minister, were accorded the honour of being official guests of the British Government during their stay in England.

(2) See (1) above.

(3) See (1) above.

(4) See (1) above.

(5) There were no upgrades for myself or any government officials in the delegation.

(6) To assist in the coordination and management of travel, transport, accommodation, communications, appointments and timetables for the Chief Minister and his delegation.

(7) (a) refer (6) above

(b) The Functions Coordinator attended meetings and functions as required by me as an officer supporting the official delegation.

(8) See (6) above.

(9) Refer to answer QON Number 299. The Functions Coordinator took one days leave in Hong Kong (Wednesday 17 March 2004) the day preceding the arrival of the delegation from China. She met all her personal expenses, including accommodation on the nights of 16 and 17 March 2004, while in Hong Kong.

(10) The Functions Coordinator joined the UK delegation in Hong Kong on 18 March 2004, the day of its arrival in Hong Kong from China. The delegation departed Hong Kong on that same day i.e. 18 March 2004. As noted in (9) above, the Functions Coordinator had one days leave in Hong Kong, at her own expense, while she awaited the arrival of the delegation from China.

(11) It is common practice for officials travelling on delegations with the Chief Minister to travel in the same class of travel as the Chief Minister.

(12) It was an oversight by the department. When the ACT Government Ministerial Delegation to China and the UK 2004 was tabled in August 2004, the officer’s role was Executive Assistant to the Chief Minister.

(13) The Functions Coordinator was not seconded.

(14) Refer to the travel report tabled by the Chief Minister in the Assembly in August 2004. Mr Mike Harris, the Chief Executive of the Chief Minister’s Department was, at the time of the delegation administratively responsible for BuisnessACT.

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