Thursday, 9 December 2010


A story from the Daily Express...

Red boxes clock up 11,000 miles.
By Alison Little

TAXPAYER-funded Whitehall cars have driven more than 11,000 miles since the election carrying only official ¬papers – and no minister.
At least 562 unaccompanied trips for Government “red boxes” were notched up, including one journey of just a third of a mile.
The figures, which relate to a car pool service used mainly by junior ministers, show that papers were transported 11,350 miles between May and October. The Cabinet Office and Foreign Office clocked up the most mileage when delivering lone red ¬boxes.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said: “This is reminiscent of David Cameron’s briefcase being driven behind his bike.
“A ministerial car is a functional necessity for conveying a minister on official business. It’s not supposed to be there for transporting your hand luggage in air-conditioned splendour, clocking up major mileage and CO2 emissions at the taxpayers’ expense for no good reason.’’

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