Armed Forces: Official Cars

Defence written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns; Shadow Defence Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on hired cars for members of the armed forces with a rank of Brigadier or equivalent and above in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

This information is not held in the format requested.

When a member of the armed forces is required to travel on duty the most economical mode of travel is to be utilised. When travel by road is necessary, pool cars will be used. However, when this is not available a hire car will be authorised. There is no requirement to separately account for the hire cars provided to those officers in the group requested. To do so would require the manual search of all requests which could be done only at disproportionate cost.

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