Asked what rules there were on Ministerial gifts, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that for Ministers the threshold was 140, but for officials the amount was lower.
On whether the gifts were owned by the State, the PMS said that he would send out the guidance. Asked to respond to the accusation that politicians were awash with gifts and hospitality’, the PMS replied that when for example, there were international meetings, it was quite normal for heads of state to exchange gifts.
When asked if Ministers would ever turn down a gift, the PMS said that gifts tended to be accepted and there was an option that enabled Ministers to purchase gifts at the market price.
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