A review into how civil servants spent almost £400,000 on business class flights in five years has been delayed.
The report – which is meant to cover States’ travel policy, a disciplinary investigation into two civil servants who took a £13,000 trip to South Africa and a review of the last two years’ travel expenditure – was expected to be out by the end of May, but are only just being finalised now.
At the same time, the Public Accounts Committee is also undertaking a review of civil service flights, including whether internal financial rules have been broken, what controls were in place, and whether any cost/benefit analysis of trips was undertaken.
The story began with the revelation that Economic Development Chief Executive Mike King and Locate Jersey Director Wayne Gallichan had spent £13,000 on fully flexible, business class flights to a mining conference in Cape Town.
But it soon emerged that there was more to the story – figures showed that almost £400,000 was spent on flight tickets costing more than £1,000 over five years, including a £6,852 trip to Hong Kong for States International Affairs Adviser Colin Powell.
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