HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 cc728-9W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is his estimate of the cost of(a) Ministerial cars and drivers and (b) the Department's bill for taxis in (i) 1995–96, (ii) 1996–97, (iii) 1997–98 to date and (iv) 1997–98 full year. [27801]

Angela Eagle

The estimated costs for the use of Ministerial cars and drivers is as follows:

1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 to date 1997–98 full year
DOE 361,317 348,466
DOT 247,292 190,544
DETR 424,285 509,000
Total 608,609 539,010 424,285 509,000

The figures for 1997–98 includes expenditure incurred by the former Departments of the Environment and Transport prior to merger.

As indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on 26 January 1998, Official Report, column 15, this Department has reduced the number of Ministerial cars and drivers to 9. The previous Government had 10 cars prior to the General Election.

The information requested on the Departmental use of taxis cannot be separately identified.

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