BBC Trust's Lyons claimed for Glasto trip -
BBC Trust's Lyons claimed for Glasto trip
BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons claimed over £16,000 in personal expenses over summer last year, including travel to the Glastonbury festival.
According to an expenses report published yesterday by the Trust, 13 individuals claimed a total of £65,544.82 during the six months to the end of September 30.
However, that was down on the £78,394 claimed in the six months to the end of March 2009 and also below the £77,137 claimed for the same period the previous year.
Lyons claimed for £16,110.68 of the total, including travel to Lords on July 16 to watch the Ashes as a guest of Five chief executive Dawn Airey.
In April, he claimed for travel to the Grand National as a guest of the chairman of Aintree, followed by trips to the Spectator's annual summer event and the 800th anniversary of the Cambridge University Prom.
He further claimed for five months of subscription to Sky's TV service from March to July at a cost of £125. The chairman also received a payment of £142,800 from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for "around three to four days per week" working at the Trust.
A lobbying lunch with representatives of the Labour party, which Lyons co-hosted with fellow trustee Diane Coyle, was among the most expensive claims on the report at £2,869.
Separate lunches were also held with the Liberal Democrats and Tories, with the latter proving the cheapest at just £1,726.