Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Department for Transport

Five of the Department's agencies (HA, GCDA, MCA and VOSA) do not record taxi costs separately from other travel expenditure, and could provide the information only at disproportionate cost. DSA have recorded taxi costs separately since 2003 and VGA since 2005. 2003-04 was the first year DfT(C) accounts were fully separate from the then newly formed ODPM. Information for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The available information is included in the following table.

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
DfT(c) 122,148 98,826 103,715 189,307
DSA 4,896 7,030 9,125 13,401
DVLA 30,333 36,983 42,525 51,800 55,598
VCA 2,581 2,416

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