§ Mr. Jamieson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the performance of the ministerial car which was converted to run on natural gas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Paul Beresford
The Government car service is still carrying out trials on the car, which has been used extensively by Ministers and officials from this536W Department and others. It is expected that trials will continue for a further three months. Final assessment of the car's performance and that of a second car which GCS will be taking delivery of in the near future, will take into account the emissions performance, fuel economy, cost-effectiveness and the response of both drivers and passengers.