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Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

Volume 704: debated on Thursday 30 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the Northern Ireland Office spent on taxis in each of the past five years. [HL5602]

The invoiced expenditure on taxi fares for the Northern Ireland Office, excluding its agencies and executive NDPBs, in the past five years is shown in the following table.













Changes to transport arrangements in 2007-08 have generated overall savings even after allowing for the increase in taxi costs. Further taxi fares were claimed by employees as reimbursable expenses but due to the processes involved in making these payments, costs can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which ranks of officials in the Northern Ireland Office are permitted to use a taxi; and for what type of trip. [HL5636]

The Northern Ireland Office keeps the cost of travel on official business under regular review. Departmental guidance requires all staff to use the most efficient means of transport taking account of travel costs, time and incidental expenses, for example, the cost of car parking. The use of taxis, when compared to all the alternatives including public transport, is at times the most cost-efficient means of travel for the purpose of official business. The policy applies to all grades of staff.