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Departments: Taxis

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months. (153066)

The Northern Ireland Office, excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs, spent £28,031 directly on taxis in 2006-07 (this is the last 12 months for which audited expenditure figures are available). However, where members of staff meet the cost of taxi fares out of their own pocket and reclaim the amount from the Department, such sums are grouped with other incidental expenses e.g. car parking. It would not be possible to extract the taxi element from these figures except at disproportionate cost.