§ Mr. Donohoe
To ask the Prime Minister what guidelines govern the use by Ministers of official transport in undertaking party political activities. 148W
§ The Prime Minister
[holding answer 10 March 1997]: Ministers for whom the security authorities exceptionally consider it essential may use their official cars for all journeys by road, including those for party purposes. Otherwise, official transport should not be used for journeys on party business, such as constituency visits or attendance at party meetings; though there is no objection to a Minister using an official car if the meeting involving party business takes place immediately between two official engagements in the course of their working week.