Chancellor Philip Hammond banned from using MoD aircraft over Treasury’s unpaid bill

CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has been banned from using RAF planes amid a row over an unpaid bill.

The MoD has barred the Treasury from its jets and choppers until it pays a six-figure sum.

The unpaid bill relates to flights booked on the No 32 (The Royal) Squadron, according to the Times.

It is a humiliating blow for Mr Hammond, who also served as Defence Secretary between 2011 and 2014.

He has also been embroiled in a furious row with the new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who is braced to fight the Treasury for an extra £2billion a year.

Mr Hammond has been accused of aiming to cut troop numbers from 77,400 to as little as 50,000.

The Chancellor has reportedly used BAe 146 jets — which are used to transport the Royal Family — and A109 helicopters to fly to more than 20 destinations this year.

Many are reachable by trains or budget airlines, including Dudley, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Paris, Aberdeen, Brussels and Frankfurt.

But when the MoD billed the Treasury, it allegedly refused to pay.

The PM, Foreign Secretary and Brexit Secretary also have access to the planes but are understood to have settled their bills.

A MoD source said: “At the same time as claiming our brave armed forces don’t need any more money and that the army only needs 50,000 troops, it is a huge double standard to willingly use their facilities at the same time as refusing to pay for them.”

The Treasury was unavailable for comment last night.

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