HC Deb 24 February 2003 vol 400 c380W
Rev. Martin Smyth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with renewal of NHS trusts' vehicle fleets on a lower emission basis, broken down by volume and percentage for each category of vehicle, type of power unit and/or type of fuel, in each of the last three years. [96593]

Ms Blears

[holding answer 10 February 2003]: Reducing vehicle emissions is a key transport issue, which has been agreed as a priority across Government. Against a baseline year of 2002–03, all Departments are aiming by 31 March 2006 to reduce road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by at least 10 per cent, and requiring at least 10 per cent, of all fleet cars to be alternatively fuelled.

Progress against these targets will be reported in the Sustainable Development in Government annual reports. The first full report against the Framework will be in 2003, reporting against the baseline year of 2002–2003.

The National Health Service has a vehicle fleet of more than 40,000 vehicles but information in the format requested is currently not available.