§ 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. 
§ 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 428W when using their private vehicles for travel on official business. The Department does not record the number of staff who hold such documents.