§ Mr. John H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the mileage allowance granted to civil servants in her Department and those institutions, offices and research establishments for which she is responsible, respectively, indicating variations for the different grades of seniority and type of car permitted.
§ Mr. Meacher
Mileage allowances payable to civil servants who undertake journeys recognised as appropriate for official travel by private vehicle are not based on grade or seniority but on the size of vehicle. There are no restrictions on the type of vehicle permitted and the current rates of allowances are:
per mile Motor cars with an engine capacity exceeding 1,750 cc 10.2p Motor cars with an engine capacity between 1,001 cc and 1,750 cc 9.4p
per mile Motor cars (with 3 or 4 wheels with an engine capacity of more than 500 cc but less than 1,001 cc (the Fiat 500 is included in this category) 7.9p Motor cycles with an engine capacity of more than 500 cc 3.9p Motor cars with 3 or 4 wheels and motor cycles with an engine capacity between 245 and 500 cc 3.1p Motor cars with 3 or 4 wheels and motor cycles with an engine capacity between 151 and 244 cc 2.3p Motor cars with 3 or 4 wheels and motor cycles with an engine capacity of 150 cc or less l.8p
When a civil servant uses his private motor vehicle for a journey which the Department does not recognise as appropriate for official travel by private motor vehicle he is paid an allowance of 3.7p a mile irrespective of the size of the vehicle except where this rate is higher than the rate appropriate for recognised official travel for the vehicle concerned when that lower appropriate rate is paid.
If a civil servant carries passengers in his vehicle and the passengers' fares would otherwise be paid from public funds a supplementary allowance of 5p is paid for each passenger carried.
Where the journey is one not recognised as appropriate for official travel by private motor vehicle the supplementary allowance is not paid for mileage beyond the distance the passenger would have travelled by other means from his normal office.
Subject to certain conditions a special supplement of 5p per mile is payable if an officer necessarily carries official equipment which is likely to cause abnormal deterioration to the interior of his vehicle.
The arrangements for payment of mileage allowances to persons other than civil servants employed in institutions, offices and other establishments for which my Department is responsible vary, and I will let the hon. Member have details of these as soon as possible.