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United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Defence written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff at the (a) Met Office and (b) Hydrographic Office are entitled to use official cars.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Met Office do not operate official cars; their staff share pooled self-drive service vehicles for business travel instead. Nine staff at the Hydrographic Office are eligible to use their single official car.

Eligibility for a staff car is currently dependent upon the nature of the duties of an appointment, and it is the responsibility of individual trading funds to identify and justify which appointments have such eligibility in accordance with central Ministry of Defence policy.

We are reviewing departmental policy on the provision of staff cars (including in our Trading Funds), taking account of the need to demonstrate value for money, provide maximum flexibility and meet our sustainable development commitments.

Staff cars are an extension of the office and give our most senior staff a more private space to work in than public transport, so they can make best use of the time they spend travelling, with appropriate security.

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