Sir John Bourn, head of the
Office , racked up over £300,000 in travel expenses over the past
three years, according to details revealed by a Freedom of Information Act
Sir John travelled to more than 40 countries at the taxpayers’ expense
between March 2004 and March 2007, accompanied by his wife on 22 of the trips,
the magazine Private Eye has revealed.
Places visited included Brazil, the Bahamas and Mauritius.
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker said in the Daily Mail: ‘I can’t
see why the auditor general needs to go abroad at all. And if he does, it is
most peculiar that places like the Bahamas are on the list.’
An NAO spokesman said Sir John’s work abroad was to raise global standards of
financial accountability and brought in £4m a year for the Treasury.
Although Sir John was not a diplomat, his wife attended events with him in
line with established practice in the diplomatic service, the spokesman added.
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