This man who made a very mistaken claim prior to the Brexit arrangement was asked a question at the end of the Parliamentary period on 28th April. He was being challenged regarding the way he was travelling around the UK by Rachel Hopkins. What was fascinating is that on the 28th April he stated he had visited one location since he became the Minister. Given that according to the Government website “Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency) – Current role holder – The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP was appointed as a Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency) in the Cabinet Office on 8 February 2022.” So he has now been the Minister a total of 13.5 weeks. He may of course have visited somewhere else since the 28th of April, however he clearly needs to understand how dishonest his claim was previously and how much of an impact that has occurred since we left the EU. This is where the text shown below came from.
Rachel Hopkins: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the total cost to the public purse of the (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) printing costs of the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency’s visits to civil service offices across the country in the last (i) 7, (ii) 14, (iii) 21 and (iv) 28 days.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Since being appointed, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency has visited Glass Wharf, Bristol, on Friday 22 April. Travel was provided by the Government Car Service. No accommodation costs were incurred. Costs for printing in support of the visit were not outside that usually provided. The Minister also regularly attends government offices within London for meetings as part of his duties. Travel is usually provided by the Government Car Service and printing costs did not materially differ from those usually incurred.