§ Mr. Kilfoyle
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car and Despatch Agency. I have asked its Chief Executive, Mr. Nick Matheson, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Nick Matheson to Mr. Norman Baker, dated 23 July 1999:The Parliamentary Secretary has asked me in my capacity as the Chief Executive responsible for the Government Car Service to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the cost of the Government Car Service.The total cost of providing all Government Car Service services in 1997/98 (the last year for which figures are available) was £7.79 million. The estimated cost of vehicles and drivers allocated to Minsters and their private offices was £4.3 million, although they are also used for several other purposes such as the movement of documents and for use by officials as directed by the ministerial private office.The Government Car and Despatch Agency charges customer departments for the services provided on a basis that recovers all costs.