§ Mr. John H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report the mileage allowance granted to civil servants in his Department and those institutions, offices and research establishments for which he is responsible, respectively, indicating variations for the different grades of seniority and type of car permitted.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
The motor mileage allowances paid to civil servants are determined by the engine capacity of the vehicle and the regulations under which the journey is made.
The official duty rate applies when special permission is given for the use of a private vehicle on an official journey 206W when alternative official or public transport is not available or would cause serious delay or marked inconvenience. This rate is assessed on the total cost of running a vehicle and the current rates are:
Per mile Cars: 501 to 1,000 cc … 7. 9p 1,001 to 1,750 cc … 9. 4p 1,751 cc and above … 10.2p Official passenger allowance … 0. 5p
The public transport rate applies when a private vehicle is used, without special permission, on an official journey and particularly over routes covered by public transport. The rate is assessed on the average cost of public transport and is currently 3.7p a mile.