HC Deb 15 July 1975 vol 895 cc389-90W
Mr. Ryman

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total cost incurred during the course of the last three financial years in the provision of motor vehicles for Ministers, specifying in each year the make, number and cost of purchasing vehicles, the cost of their maintenance and the cost of employing drivers.

Mr. Armstrong

The total cost of provision by the Government car service of motor vehicles for Ministers in 1974–75 was some £500,000.

I regret that comparable figures for the earlier years are not available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost, because of changes in the basis of accounting.

The detailed information requested under the headings specified is as follows:

Number Cost
Rover 3.5s 6 14,132
Wolseley 6s 4 4,754
10 18,886
Number Cost
Rover 3.5s 10 25,293
Wolseley 6s 20 31,225
30 56,518
Wolseley 6s 1633,755

(2) The overall maintenance costs (including fuel) for Ministers' cars were:
1972–73 43,200
1973–74 51,600
1974–75 73,000

These figures include the cost of certain special modifications. The increases are partly attributable to the introduction of a more fully costed commercial type accounting covering commercial rental, full on-costs, interest on capital, etc; and partly to increases in prices, including the cost of fuel.

(3) The approximate costs of employing drivers
1972–73 190,000
1973–74 230,000
1974–75 315,000

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