Documents show the Foreign Office spent more than £4,300 in public money on two trips to the hairdresser and around £1,900 at a Norwich City club shop when Liz Truss was on his head.
Labour’s attorney general highlighted the payments, Emily Thornberry, because she raised concerns about the department’s use of government procurement cards.
I inquired about dozens of transactions including two payments to a ‘barber and beauty parlor’ of £2,360 on 15 November last year and £1,973.30 on 22 March this year.
Thornberry has also questioned two payments to Norwich City’s online store of £1,318 on October 21 last year and £523.50 on March 21 this year.
It is not known who paid or what was purchased.
At the time, Mrs. Truss, a Member of Parliament from southwest Norfolk and a fan of the Canary Islands, was Secretary of State.
In a letter to junior Secretary of State Gillian Keegan about the department’s card expenditures, Ms Thornberry acknowledged that there would be proper reasons for the vast majority of purchases made.
She added: “However, there are also many items and categories of spending that are – ostensibly – not easy to understand and seem unusual in the context of past spending on FCDO: private upscale catering; wellness and beauty treatments; extensive supplies from UK wineries; and large quantities of home furnishings; and up to £1,841 to spend in the Norwich City FC store.”
Ms Thornberry also noted that “especially during a cost-of-living crisis – taxpayers want to know that every pound of their money is being spent appropriately, and when there are indications of unusual or excessive spending in any corner of government, they will want to see the proper checks.” in the place “.
A State Department spokesperson said: “We are committed to using public money responsibly. Our employees follow specific guidelines to ensure purchases are appropriate and value for money for taxpayers.”