The Chinese public is getting its first glimpse into what central government departments spend on official receptions, vehicles and overseas trips - the subject of most suspicions concerning misuses of public money.
Sixty ministries and institutions affiliated with the State Council, China's Cabinet, have so far posted data showing what they spent in 2010 on purchasing and fueling up vehicles, receiving guests and arranging overseas trips for officials, according to research by China Daily.
The statistics showed the 60 ministries and institutions spent more than 3 billion yuan ($467 million) on those three items. The biggest spenders were the General Administration of Customs and its branches, which spent 503 million yuan.
At the other end was the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, which spent 1.45 million yuan.
The spending figures reflected numbers in official budgets and did not necessarily show what was spent through other means.
Meanwhile, about 40 percent of the central government's ministries and institutions have not released numbers showing what they spent in 2010 on official receptions, vehicles and overseas trips.
Early this month, the Ministry of Finance disclosed that central government departments spent nearly 9.5 billion yuan on the three items this past year.
In July, central government departments also released their 2011 budgets showing how much they plan to spend on official visits, receptions and vehicles. One department said it would lower its total expenditures on the three items by 31 percent below 2010 levels, the largest reduction promised.
The government began releasing expenditure data early this month in response to allegations that public money is often misspent on vehicles, official receptions and overseas travel.