To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has agreed any contracts with (a) private hire vehicle and (b) taxi companies since May 2010.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD), under Project Phoenix, signed a contract in August 2011 with Babcock International Group PLC, as part of a pan-Government Framework agreement, which covers the management of fleet and self drive vehicles for MOD personnel in the UK. This contract is gradually replacing the existing arrangements and includes a provision, which is still to be introduced, for vehicles with a driver (i.e. private hire vehicles); however this comprises only a very small element of the overall contract.
Outside of this contract, military units may operate local arrangements with taxi companies or with private hire companies. These details are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.