Thousands of Wales fans travelled to France to watch Euro 2016 – and thousands of pounds of Welsh taxpayers’ money was spent allowing our politicians to join them.
Figures released after a freedom of information request showed Welsh Governmentministers and a private secretary attended each of our first five tournament matches in an official capacity.
But political opponents said the money spent was “wasteful” – while questions have also been raised about what the trips actually achieved.
Health, well-being and sport secretary Vaughan Gething went to the group game against Slovakia in Bordeaux at a cost to the public purse of £1,775.
Ken Skates , the economy and infrastructure secretary, attended Wales’ clash with Northern Ireland in Paris, with the bill for the visit totalling £1,606.25.Mr Skates had earlier been to Toulouse for the group game against Russia – a trip which he combined with an official visit to the nearby factory of Airbus, which is a major employer in Flintshire. That visit cost £3,087.79.