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Taxis

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement. (227051)

The information requested regarding claims for expenses for the Department and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

For the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, costs are only available from 1 April 2004 and are as follows:

£

2004-05

9,920.64

2005-06

13,964.05

2006-07

13,824.40

The Department has a contract for taxis which is paid for centrally. Expenditure has been:

£

Financial year

DH

MHRA

2006-07

306,252.56

16,125.21

2005-06

420,699.21

4,345.74

2004-05

550,222.13

4,846.75

2003-04

497,661.57

3,466.73

2002-03

344,662.39

1,956.99