Government Car and Despatch Agency
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon, Conservative)
I am publishing today details of the charges incurred by Departments for the use of official Government cars provided to Ministers by the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) during the year
The charges recorded in the statement show a continuing reduction in the amount spent on official cars for Ministers. Costs to Departments have seen a 49% reduction in the
latest figures when compared to those of the previous year and a 72% reduction when compared to the figures for April 2009 to March 2010:
|2009-10||April 2010||May 2010-March 2011||2011-12|
Official cars are an essential service for Ministers in order that they can carry out their work effectively but we are committed to continuing our focus on the cost of this service.
The charges recorded in the statement also reflect the progress made on restructuring the service to maximise value for money while improving standards of service delivery. This programme of reform includes the development of a new service model which will offer up further cost savings on the provision of the service. The new service model was announced in February 2012 and introduced in April 2012. The associated charges will be reflected in next years’ written ministerial statement.
The figures for 2011-12 are:
|Department||Allocated Cars (1)||Allocated Cost||Ministerial Car Pool||Total Cost|
|Department for Business, Innovation and Skills||1||£71,075.32||£3,270.71||£74,346.03|
|Department for Education||1||£71,912.21||£91,270.73||£163,182.94|
|Department for Communities and Local Government||1||£83,689.50||£119,130.47||£202,819.97|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||0||£0.00||£1,740.81||£1,740.81|
|Department for Energy and Climate Change||0||£0.00||£36,687.79||£36,687.79|
|Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||1||£74,013.16||£5,691.82||£79,704.98|
|Department for International Development||0||£31,649.41||£48,434.94||£80,084.35|
|Department for Transport||1||£84,818.65||£56,221.79||£141,040.44|
|Department for Work and Pensions||1||£87,388.17||£57,117.69||£144,505.86|
|Department of Health||1||£7,885.11||£119,966.86||£127,851.97|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||0||£0.00||£23,020.77||£23,020.77|
|Ministry of Defence||0||£0.00||£0.00||£0.00|
|Ministry of Justice||1||£91,509.03||£103,405.45||£194,914.48|
|Northern Ireland Office||0||£0.00||£34,289.71||£34,289.71|
|(1)Number of allocated cars as of 31 March 2012. One allocated car service terminated mid-year.|
Where Ministers were provided with a protected service because of their need for greater security, the costs related to this service are not included as this is not aid for directly by Departments but centrally by the Home Office.
Ministers may use other means of transport or other secure providers of car services, so the official figures provided by GCDA for the statement may not reflect the total spend by Departments on cars used for ministerial travel.
These figures do not cover the full costs of delivering the car service. These are set out annually in the GCDA annual report and accounts.