§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is her 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. 
§ Mr. Field
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.
The estimated costs for the use of ministerial cars and drivers Year £ 1995–96 254,072 1996–97 262,652 1997–98 to 31 January 221,301 1997–98 full year 268,826
The information requested on the Departmental use of taxis cannot be separately identified.