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Departmental Vehicles

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last 10 years. (183290)

DEFRA came into being in June 2001. The information requested for each of the last 10 years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. From information held centrally the numbers of fleet vehicles owned by core-DEFRA for the financial years 2001-02 to 2007-08 to date are:

Number

2001-02

289

2002-03

390

2003-04

418

2004-05

376

2005-06

306

2006-07

298

2007-08 (to date)

221

From information held centrally the numbers of pool vehicles owned by core-DEFRA and the Animal Health Agency for the financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08 to date are:

Number

2005-06

42

2006-07

41

2007-08 (to date)

42

The core-Department’s Regional Development Service (RDS) had 157 pool vehicles in 2005-06 but these became the responsibility of National England when the RDS was absorbed into the non-departmental public body.