Wales office cost taxpayer £6.5m
ONE of the Government's smallest departments – the Wales Office – cost the taxpayer £6.5 million over the last year, according to its annual report.
Out of the £12.9 billion Welsh funding settlement, £6.5 million was spent on the department's offices in Cardiff and London.
Most of it went on staff and accommodation, with the rest going to the Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay.
Poignantly, the annual report's foreword was written by former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan, who was ousted in last week's Government reshuffle.
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Mrs Gillian wrote of looking "forward to another busy year and delivering for Wales as a key country of the United Kingdom".
Instead that job will fall to Clwyd West MP David Jones, who succeeded Gillan as Secretary of State for Wales on Tuesday.
The annual report also boasts that the Wales Office delivered on all three commitments in the 2010 coalition agreement.
These were: holding a referendum on more powers for the Assembly, taking forward sustainable housing legislation and appointing the Silk Commission on fiscal powers.
Former Deputy First Minister Baroness Randerson has since completed a new expanded Wales Office team as a junior minister, as did Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb.