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No apology from civil servants over South Africa flights

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TWO civil servants who spent almost £13,000 of taxpayers' money on business-class flights to South Africa last month have said they will not comment on calls for them to publicly apologise.

Their responses come as the Island's chief civil servant, John Richardson, said that the case needed to be properly investigated on top of the immediate review of the States-wide travel policy announced by ministers.

Last week the JEP revealed that Economic Development chief executive Mike King and Locate Jersey director of inward investment Wayne Gallichan spent £6,442 each on fully flexible business-class flights to the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference.

Following the revelation, Nick Corbel of Unite the union, which represents manual workers, and Treasury Minister Alan Maclean called for a public apology from the two men, particularly given that the States was currently trying to make savings and cut jobs, however, when asked by this newspaper if they would apologise to the public both Mr King and Mr Gallichan said they were not prepared to comment, with both saying that the bookings had been made within States policy and that it was necessary to travel business class because they would be working straight away when they arrived.

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