Government first-class travel up

The government's Insolvency Service has more than trebled its spending on first-class rail travel over the past two years, the Conservatives claim. The Tories said the agency spent £600,265 on first-class rail travel in 2008-09, compared with £174,618 in 2006-07. Spending on first-class tickets rose to 45 per cent of all rail travel expenditure, from 20 per cent, the report said. The agency said it was handling more cases.