Written statement to Parliament

Ministerial cars

Outlines charges incurred by departments for the use of official government cars.

My Honourable Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon) has made the following ministerial statement.

I am publishing today (17 December 2015) details of the charges incurred by departments for the use of official government cars provided to ministers by the Government Car Service (GCS) during the financial years 2012 to 2013, 2013 to 2014, and 2014 to 2015.

Charges to departments have not increased since 2010. The GCS has reduced its running costs by over two thirds since the start of the reform programme and we are committed to continue reducing the cost to the taxpayer of the provision of secure ministerial cars. As a result of a series of changes, including closure of the government mail service, overall operating costs have fallen from £21.617 million in 2010 to 2011 to £6.325 million in 2014 to 2015.

The charges recorded in this statement reflect the service model which came into effect in April 2012. This provides departmental pool cars which are a shared resource for a department to use as efficiently as possible. In addition, the car service offers a small pre-bookable service utilising any spare capacity.

These charges do not necessarily reflect the total spend on car services for ministers as some departments have arrangements with other providers. The Chancellor uses the Government Car Service to supply a driver and vehicle for his protection package whereas the PM, Home, Foreign, Defence and Northern Ireland Secretaries of State use the Metropolitan Police. Their charges are not included in these tables.