HC Deb 03 July 1978 vol 953 cc76-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will list the grades and numbers of civil servants who are allowed to use Government cars for their personal and public purposes and the number of such cars that are in the pooled service.

Mr. Marks

The rules do not set out the grades or numbers of civil servants who may use a chauffeur-driven Government car. In practice, however, usage is severely constrained by the fact that the pooled service for the whole of the United Kingdom consists of only 149 cars, including cars in Northern Ireland needed for security purposes and those kept to cover repair and maintenance needs.

In all cases the journeys must be for official and not personal purposes.