DEFRA Under Fire Again

Responding to a question from Conservative MP, Mark Prisk, Defra minister Huw Irranca-Davies admitted nearly £350,000 had been spent on taxi journeys by the department last year.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Peter Ainsworth said: “It is appalling that Defra is happy to fritter away increasing amounts on taxis while cutting important budgets on animal health, litter reduction and wildlife conservation.

“When it comes to saving money Ministers should cut back on a few of the luxuries they enjoy before wielding the axe on projects that really matter.”

Given the department's tendency to lose things its a surprise that a few of those receipts didn't go astray as well. Or maybe they did and the actual bill was more like half a million?