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Ministerial cars cost almost 6m
Tony Blair in a ministerial car
The Cabinet Office provided eight cars for ministers, including the PM
The government spent nearly 6m last year on cars and drivers to ferry ministers around, transport secretary Ruth Kelly has revealed.

The cost of providing 86 ministerial cars in 2006-07 was 5,902,900 - up from 5.47m the previous year.

The Cabinet Office used the most cars - eight - for the prime minister, its own ministers and the chief whip.

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott - once dubbed "Two Jags" - was near the bottom of the list.

The Department for Education and Skills used seven cars, costing 464,900, matching the Home Office's tally which spent slightly more at 487,500.

Also near the top of the list was the Department of Health, with six cars costing 387,100 for the year.

The combined bill for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Department for Communities and Local Government, which was created after John Prescott's department was abolished, was six cars at 393,900.

The Treasury, during the final year of Gordon Brown's chancellorship, had five ministerial cars, costing 346,700 to run.

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