Agriculture ministers in 45,000 private jet row

11 January 1999

Agriculture ministers in £45,000 private jet row

AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown has become embroiled in a row over the use of private jets by his predecessor Jack Cunningham.

Tory critics claim that during his time as minister Dr Cunningham breached rules obliging him to ensure he travelled by the most cost-effective means.

Nick Brown has revealed that Dr Cunningham used private jets for seven journeys to Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Rotterdam and Bonn.

The cost of the private flights were as high as £6560 a time, compared with an average business class fare of £438 on several scheduled commercial flights.

Dr Cunningham travelled with up to 12 civil servants on the trips and the total bill came to £45,920 compared with the £27,000 it would have cost using scheduled flights.

Tim Yeo, shadow agriculture minister, said Dr Cunningham “had been caught with his snout in the trough”.

  • The Independent 11/01/99 page 2
  • The Daily Telegraph 11/01/99 page 19 (Peterborough)

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