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Ministerial Transport

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Minister of State for International Development what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for her Department in 2002. [101850]

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 20 May by the hon. Member for Paisley South (Mr. Alexander) Official Report, column 663W, ref. 101541 on the estimated cost of ministerial cars and drivers.DFID currently has two taxi contracts. Their combined cost for the year 2002 was £108,211. We do not hold central records of taxi costs, agreed by departments, paid to other companies and claimed for by individual members of staff.