Millions of families could be barred from taking holidays abroad under a proposal to ration flights.Which sits a little oddly with the push to build another runway at Heathrow, but still, this ‘climate change’ must be battled, you know. We all have to make sacrifices...
Gordon Brown's 'environment tsar' is calling for limits on how many plane journeys travellers can take each year.
Lord Turner suggested that Britons might have to cut back on their overseas breaks.
He said the Government should urgently consider imposing individual restrictions to help reduce pollution caused by planes.
Lord Turner, chairman of Parliament's climate change committee, said: 'We will have to constrain demand in an absolute sense, with people not allowed to make as many journeys as they could in an unconstrained manner.'Wow, strong stuff! Unfortunately, it came out in the same day as this report:
Ministers and civil servants spent more than £18.5million on tens of thousands of flights last year, with more than half going on first and business class seats.So quangos and all those fakecharities get a chance to dip their snouts in that trough too, do they?
The first Whitehall-wide report on spending on air travel led to claims that huge sums of taxpayers’ money is being wasted on unnecessary journeys and expensive tickets.
The total bill for all public sector flights, including quangos and other bodies, is almost £70million a year.
Still no doubt there are government departments that have legitimate reasons to fly – those that do most of their work abroad, for instance:
The Department for International Development was the biggest spender among those studied, paying out more than £6.8million in both 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.Whoops!
Bizarrely, given the few obvious reasons for its staff to travel abroad, the Department for Work and Pensions was the second biggest spender.