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Departmental Motor Vehicles

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on hire vehicles in each of the last five financial years. (291598)

Expenditure on short term hires of passenger cars for the last five financial years through the UK White Fleet contract is provided in the following table.

Financial year

Amount (ex-VAT) £ million

2004-05

14

2005-06

14.5

2006-07

15.9

2007-08

16.3

2008-09

18.2

Expenditure on short term hires of passenger cars for the last two financial years, through the British Forces Germany White Fleet contract is provided in the following table.

Financial year

Amount (ex VAT) £ million

2007-08

3.7

2008-09

5.2

These data have been rounded to approximate figures.

Data prior to this are held in hard copy and could only be analysed and provided at disproportionate cost.

Expenditure on other overseas car hire, booked through MOD's Defence Travel Cell, has only been recorded since April 2008 and amounted to some £1.2 million (ex-VAT) in FY 2008-09.

Hires through Government Procurement Cards, MOD Agencies such as the Defence Support Group, Met Office and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and overseas dependencies fall outside the scope of White Fleet contracts and have separate local arrangements. These details are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.