International Development 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 International Development how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

It is not possible to disaggregate costs in respect of taxi expenses across all offices of the Department for International Development (DFID), without incurring a disproportionate cost. The figures provided include costs for contracted taxi and privately arranged hire for UK based staff costs for the years specified and are detailed:

2006-07 243,363
2005-06 328,383
2004-05 243,300
2003-04(1) 143,447
2002-03(1) 105,908
(1) Taxi costs incurred by members of staff outside the central contracts are not available in these years centrally and could not be provided without incurring a disproportionate cost.

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