Books on advanced astrophysics among gifts for George Osborne
Published 07/07/2016 | 14:16
Books on advanced astrophysics and opera tickets were among gifts and hospitality received by Chancellor George Osborne this year, the Government has disclosed.
Ministerial transparency records for the Treasury show that the two books, Advanced Astrophysics Volume One and Two, which have a value of £240, were accepted by Mr Osborne from SKA, and are kept in the department.
And while the value of opera tickets provided by The Telegraph is not listed in the hospitality section, it is shown that the Chancellor took a spouse, family member, or friend with him to the performance.
Mr Osborne also received concert tickets from AEG, but the type of event is not recorded.
The Chancellor is listed as meeting rock star Bono to discuss aid policy, seeing BBC officials four times for "general discussions", and meeting various newspaper chiefs, and business leaders.
The submissions, covering the period between January and March this year, also show that Prime Minister David Cameron received a commemorative coin worth £1,900 from the Amir of Kuwait, which is held by the Cabinet Office.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale received hospitality from numerous sources, including tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman v Superman, and the West End musical Motown.
A visit to Brazil by Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom between March 20-23 cost the taxpayer £15,000, the documents show.