Inauguration celebrations pushed up the cost of establishing the SAR Government by more than $30 million. 'The bulk of the additional costs relate to activities to mark the inauguration of the Government of the SAR estimated at $39.6 million,' a spokesman for the Chief Executive's Office said. The extra costs covered the inauguration ceremony, the SAR cocktail reception and the exhibition of mainland gifts. The cost of setting up the SAR was originally estimated at $107.8 million in April. Of the revised cost of $139.9 million, about $91 million which was advanced by the central Government would be reimbursed, the Chief Executive's Office announced yesterday. The Finance Committee of the Provisional Legislative Council will be asked to pass funding for the reimbursement tomorrow. The central Government's $91 million advance to Tung Chee-hwa's office was made on an interest-free basis, but the SAR has decided to add $900,000 in interest when it repays the loan. 'We do not consider that we should treat interest thus earned as income to the general revenue of the Government of the SAR,' Mr Tung's office said in a paper submitted to the interim body. Beijing's advance also included the Chief Executive's Office salaries and operating expenses; allowances for Provisional Legislative Council members and operating expenses for the interim body's secretariat. The salary and allowances item covered the Chief Executive, the Secretary of Justice, two law-drafting officers and two translation officers. No breakdown was given on the consultant services provided by staff seconded from Mr Tung's family corporation, Orient Overseas (International) Limited. Of the total establishment cost, $34.6 million was met from public funds and $73.6 million was paid out of the central Government's $91 million advance. The balance of $31.7 million relates to remuneration for members of the Executive Council and the interim body.