To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on congestion (a) charges and (b) penalty charge notices by the Department since the commencement of the congestion charging scheme.
Since the commencement of the congestion charging scheme the Department has spent,
(a) £5,300 on registering two official vans;
(b) £368 in respect of one penalty charge for an official vehicle.
Departmental employees incurring congestion charges while on official business claim these on an individual basis. Information regarding this expenditure is not held centrally. Such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. It is departmental policy that penalty charges are not reimbursed to individuals.