The Ministry of Defence ran up a £40,000 bill on the speaking clock, despite a ban on staff calling it. Employees were reportedly banned from dialling 123 to check the time.
They were given a list of websites they could use to get the time free, but
calls have continued - costing a total of £40,000 in less than three years.
An MoD spokesman blamed the "inadvertent spending" on a technical fault and
said calls to the speaking clock had now stopped.
The final bill for 2012 was £18,804 and £15,162 in 2011, with more than
£6,000 already spent this year. Over the period since the ban was announced, the MoD has made more than
130,000 calls at 30p each.
*checks clock on computer*