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Departmental Vehicles

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years. (183291)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services home fleet of vehicles currently comprises 35 vehicles. They are all owned by the Department. Purchases for the home fleet in the last two years have been six vehicles per year. This is based upon a one for one replacement programme with an old vehicle being disposed of when the new vehicle arrives.

We are unable to provide further information on purchases for the home or overseas fleets without incurring disproportionate cost.

In respect of vehicles provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1008W, by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Jim Fitzpatrick).