UK Defence Ministry has spent over six million pounds on parties in 2007

November 26th, 2007 - 3:31 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.26 (ANI): The British Defence Ministry has so far spent 6.2 million pounds on parties this year, while forking out pennies for the maintenance of crippled troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It also reportedly blew 470,477 pounds on marketing and branding.
The shock figures follow a Sun campaign for better treatment for our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The ministry gave details of its spending after questions were raised by Tory Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
Servicemen, women and their families who are finding it difficult to make ends meet this Christmas will be astonished the department can spend this amount on their own entertainment, Fox said.
The UK is committed in Coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is vital we maintain a positive and coordinated approach with our key allies,” a spokesman of the Defence Ministry said.
Hospitality is an essential part of this, and subject to strict, published guidelines and auditing. Wherever possible we look to reduce unnecessary costs, he was quoted as saying further. (ANI)

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