The Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty – who claimed he should have been officially informed in advance of a visit to Cardiff earlier this month by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne – has now received answers to a series of written questions he’d tabled in the Commons about the visit.
Doughty had asked whether any of the costs associated with the event were met from the public purse, how many civil servants attended, whether invitations were issued by the Treasury and how many civil servants accompanied him on his visit to Cardiff on 7 January 2016.
Harriett Baldwin, the economic secretary to the Treasury has written to Doughty to tell him “Consistent with all official events, the Chancellor was supported by a small number of officials from his private office and the Treasury press office” .
She told Doughty “Costs associated with the major economy speech at the St David’s hotel in Cardiff were met within the existing events budget at HM Treasury.
“Invitations” she said “ were not issued by the department.”