All but 10 agencies reveal spending

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2011, 12:00am


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Ten central government agencies have yet to disclose their expenditure reports on overseas travel, official cars and banquets, a month after the end-of-June deadline for the release of such reports.

The State Council had ordered 108 central government agencies to release their expenditure details relating to those three elements of public spending.

The three elements are among the most frequently abused types of government spending.

Ninety-eight government agencies had complied as of Monday.

Those that have not include the ministries of foreign affairs and state security, and the state administrations of work safety, secrecy and cryptography.

The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council and the Taiwan Affairs Office have also yet to release their reports.

The reluctance to disclose such information, amid public concern about corruption and wasteful spending, goes against a March 23 order issued by Premier Wen Jiabao at a State Council executive meeting.

Wen had said all government agencies must cut spending in these three areas as well as releasing their expenditure details to the public.

The other three agencies that have yet to release their expenses reports are the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and the National Commission for Languages and Characters.

The Ministry of Science and Technology was the only agency to meet the deadline.

As more agencies released their expenditure reports last month, the amount of extravagant spending began to draw public attention.

On July 21, the General Administration of Customs said its total spending in the three areas for last year was 503 million yuan (HK$609 million), dwarfing the expenditures of other agencies.

The customs agency spent more than 90 per cent of the money on the purchase and maintenance of official vehicles.

Its budget for overseas trips this year is 26.19 million yuan, 138 per cent more than last year's.

On July 22, the State Administration of Taxation reported that it had spent nearly 2.17 billion yuan on overseas travel, cars and banquets last year. Of that amount, 665.87 million yuan was spent on banquets to collect taxes.

Some funds were spent on negotiations and international conferences abroad. It did not elaborate on the spending.

The National Population and Family Planning Commission spent a more modest 9.27 million yuan on the three categories in 2010. But questions were raised about its expenditure of 4.7 million yuan, more than half of its total, on foreign trips. The commission's report did not specify what the trips were for.

The Ministry of Commerce spent 57.98 million yuan - almost 94 per cent of its total spending in the three areas of 61.71 million yuan - on trips abroad.

The ministry provided a list of the negotiations, international conferences, inspections in foreign countries and overseas training that it had conducted.

982,500 yuan

Is the total, in yuan, spent by the State Bureau for Letters and Calls in 2010