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Go fly with them

To adapt ole Blue Eyes.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 162W, on departmental air travel, if he will place in the Library figures for 2007-2008

Huw Irranca-Davies: From information held centrally, 2007-2008 air travel mileage figures available currently for all Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF) participants are as follows...

And I have charted the figures, but before doing so, it would appear that the Red Arrows are in the carbon offsetting fund. Should one laugh, cry, or hammer nails into the wall with one's forehead? Good job the Battle of Britain did not happen on their watch.

And the DfID has the biggest collection of frequent fliers, followed by the MoD. Fair enough, I suppose. The Foreign Office - inter alia - does not appear to be listed, and I have not included every last minor department, but the figures are all there.

Enough of caveats and being fair(-ish). Why in the name of all that is holy does the Revenue lead the way in taking domestic flights? Why does Trade (BERR) do so much more long haul than short haul? Whatever happened to 'our European partners'? Curious also that the Home Office and Work & Pensions fit in so many junkets fact-finding missions.

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Blogger Jonny Mac said... 11:02 am

Entirely o/t, C, but is the funky grey line down the left a trendy new design feature (grey is so 2009)? Or just my computer being odd?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:31 am

Jonny - Can't say I've been playing with the template, but it has been known for the blog's appearance template to get messed up when some amateur HTML coding for links etc has gone awry. Looks normal to me - Firefox on Vista.  

Blogger James Dowden said... 3:27 pm

Perhaps HMRC think they can get their customs officers to work at airports by aeroplane. Perhaps we should therefore join Schengen on environmental grounds.

But I can't think of any reason why the Ministry of Employment would take so many domestic flights. Perhaps it's a work creation scheme?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:37 pm

James - you might have just rumbled me as fool of the week there, but I would presume that douanes live locally to airports rather than do stints at whatever comes up.  

Blogger Unsworth said... 7:11 pm

Do the Defence figures include deployments of troops and personnel to Afghanistan/Iraq?  

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