LONDON  - British lawmakers were under fire Friday for racking up £1.5million worth of visits to foreign countries in the last two years paid for by governments, firms and pressure groups. Some 242 members of parliament have declared “fact-finding missions” and visits worth £6,500 on average, The Independent newspaper said in a front-page report on “the full scale of MPs’ lavish globetrotting”. Foreign governments, private firms and pressure groups have paid for a swathe of trips to exotic destinations.