"Governance and institutional management will be the focus of a ten day visit to Malawi by a cross party delegation of MSPs, organised by the Scotland Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The programme of more than 50 engagements builds on the successful visit last year and hopes to establish the foundations for a fruitful and practical relationship with the National Assembly of Malawi.
MSPs Dr Sylvia Jackson (delegation leader), Murdo Fraser, K aren Gillon, Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Mark Ruskell and Dr Jean Turner depart this afternoon for Malawi. During their visit, they will also look at issues regarding health, education, sustainability and enterprise."
"The delegation departs on Thursday 9 February, arriving back in Scotland on Tuesday 21 February. The total cost of the trip is expected to be in the region of £20,000 and will be met by the Scotland Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The delegation is booked to travel in economy class."
But even so, could they not find something more productive to spend their time on?