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Departmental Official Cars

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 939W, on official cars, how many of the cars (a) hired and (b) leased by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies are over six years old. (276737)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, on 21 May 2009, Official Report, column 1489, about cars provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

Additionally, the Department and its Executive agencies, NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) and the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have an arrangement with Arval PHH for hire of vehicles. This is part of an Office of Government Commerce framework contract, which does not stipulate the age of the vehicle.

The Department previously reported in its answer on 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 939W, that it had two private lease vehicles used by departmental staff under an arrangement operated by HM Revenue and Customs. These two leased vehicles were disposed of in February of this year.

NHS PASA have a number of leased vehicles but none are over six years old. Leases are taken out on a three-year term.