Ministers and officials at the Department of International Trade spent almost £600,000 in just three months on luxury flights, our investigation revealed. This included first class flights to Thailand, India and Brazil, with the most expensive flights costing £12,905 for an individual ticket.
Speaking to the Daily Express, which published the findings, our investigations campaign manager Elliot Keck said:
"Taxpayers will be livid at the sky-high cost of luxury flights for trade bosses."
"With soaring taxes sending living standards into a nosedive, this will only add insult to injury."
"Mandarins need to get their heads out the clouds and put a stop to these flights of fancy."