HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 cc427-8W
Mr. Stunell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the total number of staff of all grades employed by his Department; and what percentage of these staff were eligible to claim a car mileage allowance on 31 March in each year since 1990. [42550]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

The total complement of UK-based staff in all grades employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 31 March in each year since 1990 are listed in the following table:

Year Number
1990 6,605
1991 6,730
1992 6,646
1993 6,546
1994 6,346
1995 6,050
1996 5,904
1997 5,800
1998 5,800

All staff with a valid driving licence and vehicle insurance are eligible to claim car mileage allowance when using their private vehicles for travel on official business. The Department does not record the number of staff who hold such documents.

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