To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department was in 2002. 
I refer the hon Member to the answer my hon Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Mr Alexander) gave on 20 May 2003, Official Report, column 663W.
A contract for a taxi service is in place and expenditure against this contract for 2002 is £15,786. This figure excludes any amounts spent on taxi hire outside of this contract reclaimed by officials as travel and expenditure. That information is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.