To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) officials, (b) other staff and (c) private contractors in his Department are responsible for Government policy on taxi and private hire vehicles.
The Department has three officials working on taxi and private hire vehicle policy within the Buses and Taxis Division, of which one works solely on this policy area and it forms a core part of the work load of the other two. An official will shortly join the Department on secondment to work on policy development. There are no contracted workers.
There are a number of other officials elsewhere in the Department who contribute to work on related policy issues including analysts, economists and statisticians, this figure is not centrally recorded.