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Government Car Service

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated annual average cost to the public purse is of providing a diesel Jaguar XJ ministerial car, including associated staff and running costs. (113997)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1574W, given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles).

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what categories of individuals are permitted to use vehicles from the Government Car Service. (115294)

The Prime Minister’s guidance, Travel by Ministers, and the Ministerial Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House, set out who is permitted to have an allocated car and driver provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

GCDA’s short-term hire and green car services may be used by the civil service and the wider public sector. It is for each Government Department or public body to determine use.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) people were employed and (b) vehicles were owned by the Government Car Service in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2006. (115700)

Information on the number of people employed by the Government Car Service and its fleet size is available in the annual report and accounts of the Government Car and Despatch Agency, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.