Ministerial car expenses over £6m

The Government spent more than £6 million of taxpayers' money on chauffeur-driven cars last year, new figures show.

More than 90 such cars were used to ferry ministers around, resulting in a £6,281,000 bill for the year 2008/09 - a rise from £5.9 million the previous year.

According to the figures published in a written ministerial statement by transport secretary Lord Adonis, the Cabinet Office topped the list with seven cars - including those for the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office ministers and Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell - costing £426,200.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills used six cars at a cost of £274,000. The Home Office, which also used six cars, had the biggest bill at £483,300.

Other departments that used six cars were the Treasury, the Department of Health, the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Northern Ireland Office, Scotland Office and Wales Office used two cars each at a cost of £286,200, £103,900 and £137,000 respectively. The cost of one car run for the Ministry of Defence came to £85,100.

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