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Departmental Vehicles

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many automobiles are owned by his Department; what they are; and how many drivers are employed by his Department.

World-wide the Ministry of Defence owns about 75,000 automobiles. This figure includes all cars and other passenger-carrying vehicles, motor cycles, other load carriers such as trucks, and a wide variety of purpose-built vehicles. Excluded are armoured fighting vehicles, items of mechancial handling equipment, and other specialist vehicle equipments.The total number of drivers, both Service and civilian, is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate effort. This is because many members of the Services carry out driving duties as a secondary function to their main trade.