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Ministers' Transport

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Prime Minister (1) what rules apply to Ministers using official transport during the referendum campaign;(2) under what circumstances Ministers have to pay their own travelling expenses when using official transport.

Official transport is provided for Ministers for use in connection with their official business. During the referendum campaign I have asked Ministers to ensure that official transport is not used for journeys to any speaking or other engagements concerned with the campaign, whether they are in support of the Government's recommendation or not. Under successive Governments, those Ministers for whom the appropriate authorities consider it essential for security reasons have been able to use official transport on a repayment basis for journeys of a private or party political nature and these arrangements will continue for purposes connected with the referendum campaign.