Saturday, October 15, 2005

Albufeira round of talks cost Government around £10,000

House of Assembly Question Time * F Oliva reports

Hosting the Tripartite Talks in Albufeira (District of Faro) in July cost the Gibraltar Government over £10,000, Chief Minister Peter Caruana told the House of Assembly yesterday at Question Time.

Meanwhile the trip to New York in June to address the C24 cost the government coffers some £3,000. A further £6,000 approximately was spent in other trips to UK for meetings with the Foreign Office and the Treasury for talks on taxation and Spanish pensions.

The cost of the latest trip to New York and attendance at the Labour and Conservative Party conferences have not yet been invoiced.

Gib-US Supplement Cost

Gibraltar Government spent over £28,000 in taking out advertising in a special supplement that appeared in the US News publication to coincide with Mr Caruana’s intervention before the UN Committee of 24 in June.

Responding to Liberal Party leader Dr Joseph Garcia, Mr Caruana responded that the Tourist Board and the Finance Centre departments “took out advertising in the US Special Report published on May 30th 2005 at a cost of £14,289 and £14,512 respectively.” Mr Caruana added that the cost had been incurred in the advertising and not in the publication of the report.

Gaming Growth

No less than 1,349 persons are currently employed in Gibraltar by the fifteen locally based gaming companies, Chief Minister Peter Caruana said yesterday in the House of Assembly.

He was responding to questions from Opposition spokesman on Trade and Industry Joseph Garcia during an unusually placid and mild-mannered
session. The breakdown of employee nationalities is as follows: Gibraltarians 271; British 669; Spanish 48; other 361.

Meanwhile in a further reply to Dr Garcia, the Chief Minister also stated that the US Government had not made any representations to the Gibraltar Government regarding on-line gambling from the Rock. Mr Caruana added that they had not been advised by the British Government that it had received any such representations either.

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