International and domestic hotel bookings for the Minister of International Relations, her predecessors and departmental officials for the attendance of workshops, seminars, oversight visits or any other relevant meetings of the Portfolio Committee in Parliament from 1 April 2013 up to the latest specified date
QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 614 (NW697E) AS PUBLISHED IN IQP NO: 5-2014 OF 18 JULY 2014
Ms S V Kalyan (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
(1) How many (a) international and (b) domestic hotel bookings were made by (i) her, (ii) her predecessors and (iii) department officials attending (aa) workshops, (bb) seminars, (cc) oversight visits or (dd) any other relevant meetings of the portfolio committee in Parliament from 1 April 2013 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;
(2) in respect of each specified booking, what was the (a) date, (b) name of the hotel, (c) number of delegates, (d) cost of the hotel booking for each delegate and (e) the nature of the relevant portfolio business dealt with? NW697E
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, her Deputy Ministers, Director-General, as well as DIRCO officials, did not make any international hotel bookings during the 2013/14 Financial Year, in order to attend workshops, seminars, oversight visits or any other relevant meetings of the Portfolio Committee in Parliament.
On occasion, as requested by the Portfolio Committee, the Director-General, as well as DIRCO officials, travelled to Cape Town during the 2013/14 Financial Year to brief the Committee on issues identified by the Committee, such as the Briefing on DIRCO’s Annual Performance Plan (APP) 2013/14 and the Strategic Plan 2013/18.
During such briefings, the Minister, Deputy Ministers and the Director-General made use of private accommodation whilst in Cape Town, whereas departmental officials, who travelled to Cape Town in support of the Principals, were accommodated in hotels as per approved departmental norms and standards.