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Cars: Hire Services

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent on (a) car hire and (b) taxis in each year since 1997; and whether specifications have been set out in respect of the type of cars to be hired. (195942)

The main uses of car hire and taxis are for late night staff transport and use of the government car service. Figures are only readily available from 2003.

Late night transport (£)

Government car service (£)

2003-04

215,204

40,143

2004-05

272,377

31,331

2005-06

293,847

31,946

2006-07

390,027

27,841

(to date)

404,399

31,195

Both black cabs and contracted car hire services are used for these services. The type of vehicle provided will depend on the number of passengers to be carried.