HC Deb 22 July 1980 vol 989 cc623-4W
Mr. Arthur

Lewis asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current cost of the Government car service; how this compares with one year ago; what have been the increases or savings in the number of cars and staff and running costs since May; and what further action he proposes to take to have on this expenditure in accordance with the Government's policy of cutting public expenditure.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The current cost of running the GCS is estimated at £3.34 million per annum compared with £3.22 million one year ago. During this time there has been a reduction of 63 cars and 58 staff, which represents a saving of about £½ million per annum at current costs. The Government have already cut the GCS by 23 per cent., and the scope for further savings is now marginal.