With the Beijing Olympics due to kick off tomorrow, the British government has come under fire over the cost to the public purse (estimated at being £7M) of sending public servants to Beijing.
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who is avoiding the opening ceremony will fly out to attend the closing ceremony and will be accompanied by 20 aides at a cost of £114,000. On top of that many other bodies, involved in organising the 2012 London games, are sending representatives.
In total, 639 people at a cost of £6,846,700 will attend.
Liberal Democrat culture spokesman Don Foster said:
"While appreciating the importance of the UK being represented in Beijing, questions have to be asked if this many people are necessary.
I'm staggered by the amount of money some departments are spending on sending their staff.
It almost looks as if some public officials have been dreaming up excuses to go on a junket."
Unfortunately, people do love a jolly junket!
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