§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the cost of(a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last four years. 402W
§ Mr. Leslie
Responsibility for the provision of ministerial cars and drivers has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car Despatch Agency. I have asked its chief executive, Mr. Nick Matheson, to write to the hon. Gentleman.
The figures for expenditure on taxis used by staff in the Cabinet Office are £18,572.69 in 1997–98; £86,362.25 in 1998–99; £113,857.62 in 1999–2000; and £135,391.14 in 2000–01.