§ Mr. Onslow
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what was the total cost of Ministerial transport in the 12 months ending September, 1964, and September, 1969, respectively; how many cars and drivers were employed in each of those periods; and what was the average total of hours per week worked by Ministerial drivers in each period.
§ Mr. John Silkin
Figures are not readily available in the form requested, but for financial years the actual cost of Ministerial transport was:
The number of cars and drivers allocated to Ministers was:
- For 12 months ended March, 1964— £59,958.
- For 12 months ended March, 1965— £66,344.
- For 12 months ended March, 1969—£100,019.
The average total of hours per week worked by Ministerial drivers during the 12 months ended September, 1964, is not available. During the 12 months ended September, 1969, the average weekly total was 3,250 hours (50 drivers at 65 hours each).
- At end of September, 1964–36.
- At end of September, 1969–50.
The above information relates solely to cars allocated on an individual basis. 300W There is in addition a small pool of cars available to junior Ministers and senior civil servants, but the costs are not readily divisible between the two types of user.