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Departmental Taxis

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and its predecessors travelled by taxi in the course of their official duties in each year since 1997; and at what cost to the public purse in each such year. (302712)

Ministers would generally make use of Government cars. Travel by Ministers is undertaken in accordance with the ministerial code. The Department does not hold separate records of the travel journeys undertaken by Ministers as opposed to those undertaken by officials, to provide this information would entail disproportionate costs.

Mileage travelled during taxi journeys is not recorded and details are therefore unavailable.

Taxi spend incurred by officials (including those in DIUS) in UK and overseas travel is as follows:

£

2004-05

342,928

2005-06

386,443

2006-07

349,075

2007-08

329,842

2008-09

411,471

Earlier spend details have not been retained and are therefore unavailable.