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Departments: Road Traffic Offences

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost was. (157835)

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform operate a policy that road traffic violations such as parking tickets and speeding fines are the responsibility of staff, and are not reimbursed from public resources. No records are kept on any penalties incurred by their drivers on official business, and no financial cost has been incurred by the Department.

The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) provide official vehicles for use by Ministers and senior officials within departments. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick), on 18 October 2007, Official Report, column 1186W.