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Ministerial Cars (Rovers)

Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many Rover cars are operated for the use of Ministers and of which model and year of manufacture; what is their expected remaining length of use; and what arrangements have been made to ensure the availability of spare parts to the end of this period.

A total of 24 Rovers SD1 3500, of which five were manufactured in 1976 and the rest in 1978, are operated specifically for Ministers by the Government car service. Length of use will be decided in the light of experience, but no difficulty is foreseen about the continuing availability of spares.Seventeen Rovers 3·5 manufactured in 1971–73 are also operated, but mainly as reserve cars pending disposal. Spares continue to be readily available.