By Duncan Mackay

John_Scott_head_and_shoulders_2July 14 - Glasgow 2014 has published details of gifts and hospitality received by officials organising the Commonwealth Games following the controversial resignation of John Scott (pictured) as chief executive.

Scott stood down last month after he accepted, but did not declare, an offer from a potential supplier.

The gifts and gratuities register show Scott accepted 21 hospitality offers which included trips to Wimbledon, The Open and the T in the Park.

It does not show the offer which he accepted, reportedly £6,000 ($10,000) worth of free tax advice from accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and did not declare.

Scott admitted breaking rules and was said to have deeply regretted his mistake.

Other freebies that Scott accepted included a "plus one" invitation to Chardon D'Or French restaurant in Glasgow for dinner and a cookery demonstration, as a guest of PwC.

PwC also paid for a round of golf for three other senior members of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee in 2009.

After Scott's resignation, it emerged that PwC had a contract with Glasgow 2014 Ltd to supply professional advice between June 2009 and May 31 this year.

Glasgow 2014 said the contract, which included tax advice, was awarded after a "fair and transparent process".

Scott also enjoyed a Twenty20 cricket match at London's Oval after an invite from the International Cricket Council, and a dinner at Lord's as a guest of law firm DLA Piper UK.

But he turned down an invitation to attend a Take That concert at Hampden Park just a few days before resigning. 

The Organising Committee has faced criticism for refusing to release the details of Scott's breach of guidelines.

"We will be publishing the gifts and gratuities register quarterly going forward as a commitment to openness and transparency," said a spokesman for Glasgow 2014.

"This initial publication of the register, going back to 2009 when it was set up, shows what was accepted and declined for all offers over £100 ($160) - the threshold set in the policy."

The register contain details of 73 approaches made since 2009 by newspapers, hotel chains, professional services firms, sports bodies, IT companies, banks and charities.

Most of the offers were for hospitality such as invitations to dinner, events or sports matches.

The register does not include cash values.

Only around half of the offers were accepted.

The Scottish Rugby Union treated Glasgow 2014 executives and guests to hospitality at four rugby matches, three of which were attended by Scott.

Three approaches by News International Newspapers to a spa day at Stobo Castle (pictured) and, via The Scottish Sun newspaper, to attend a Miss Scotland tiara ball and a "saints and sinners" evening at Ayr Racecourse were all declined.

Multiple offers were also made by IT firms Atos Origin and Dog Digital, Event Scotland, Sports Marketing and Management, Hilton Hotels, Glasgow Life, the Daily Record newspaper and G4S Security, according to the register.

"The Organising Committee has a robust policy, where staff are supported with advice from an ethical compliance officer," said the Glasgow 2014 spokesman.

"Gifts and gratuities are regularly declined, but still reported on the register for transparency.

"Enforcement of the policy within our organisation is good and we believe this is reflected in the content of the register."

To see the full register click here.

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