SOLOMONS OFFICIAL TRAVEL TOPS $2.7 MILLION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Dec. 6) – The Solomon Islands government has spent more than SB$19 million [US$2.7 million] on travel expenses for parliamentarians and public servants over the past four years.

The figures were released this morning by the Minister For Finance and Treasury Peter Boyers when he answered a questioned raised by the Member of Parliament for West Honiara, Yukio Sato.

Mr Sato wanted to know how much money was spent on overseas travels by Parliamentarians and public servants between 2002 to 2005.

Mr Boyers said travel expenses for members of Parliament accounted for more than SB$14 million while public servants accounted for more than SB$5 million.

He said that when travelling overseas, the MPs and officers were given clothing allowances, per diem and loans.

Mr Boyers said per diem and clothing allowances need not to be receipted except for the loans.

Mr Sato said he raised the question because some countries and organisations who hosted international meetings would have paid for the expenses of officials who need to attend and therefore there is no need to get per diem from the government.

December 7, 2005

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: http://www.sibconline.com.sb/

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