The Overseas Workplace’s high civil servant has admitted to MPs he was on vacation for practically all the UK’s evacuation effort in Afghanistan.
Sir Philip Barton, who earns round £185,000 per 12 months, was on annual depart – throughout which he frolicked each within the UK and overseas – between 9 to 26 August this 12 months.
This included an 11-day interval spent on vacation even after Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, fell to Taliban management on 15 August.
Sir Philip, chatting with the Home of Commons’ international affairs committee, acknowledged it had been a mistake for him to have remained on vacation through the interval.
“I’ve mirrored quite a bit in August on my depart, and if I had my time once more I’d have come again from my depart sooner than I did,” he stated.
However he added he put in place cowl preparations and “stayed in contact with the division right through the interval”.
The primary British troops had been deployed to Afghanistan to help within the evacuation of UK nationals from the nation from 15 August – the identical day Kabul fell to Taliban management.
They wrapped up their evacuation efforts on the finish of August, with the ultimate evacuation flight purely for civilians leaving Kabul on 28 August.
The UK’s evacuation effort noticed 15,000 folks taken from Afghanistan, together with 5,000 British nationals, 8,000 Afghans and a pair of,000 kids.
However there was criticism of the federal government’s dealing with of the operation.
One Overseas Workplace whistleblower has given testimony to the committee of a “dysfunctional” and “chaotic” situation.