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Mr. Leslie: There is no centrally held record of all cars that have been purchased by all Government Departments since 1997. The Government Car Service has purchased the following cars since 1997, including cars purchased on behalf of the Cabinet Office:
|Make and model||Number purchased|
|Land Rover Discovery||1|
Mr. Leslie: There is no specific central guidance issued on the purchase of car fleets. However, Government Departments have to be satisfied that they are achieving value for money and that they comply with European Union regulations on public procurement.
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The purchase or hire of cars and other vehicles is subject to the Suppliers Directive (93/36/EC as last amended by Directive 97/52/EC). Together with the relevant Remedies Directive (89/665/EEC) the Suppliers Directive has been given effect in the UK by the Public Supply Contract Regulations (SI.1995/201, last amended by SI.2000/2009). Compliance with these Regulations will also fulfil the purchaser's obligations towards suppliers from third countries pursuant to the EEA Treaty, various Europe Agreements and the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. The current threshold is £93,896 and there are rules that require recurrent purchasers to be considered in aggregate over a governed period for the purpose of applying the threshold. Government Departments and other public bodies are responsible for complying with the regulations. The commission will follow up complaints of non-compliance with the member state concerned and may initiate proceedings under Article 226/EC. In the UK interested suppliers harmed or at risk of harm from the breach of the rules can seek interim or final remedies in the High Court (Court of Session in Scotland) which may lead to an interim or final injunction or the award of damages.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a) 199596, (b) 199697, (c) 199798, (d) 199899 (e) 19992000 and (f) 200001; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Leslie: Expenditure on information literature, advertising and campaign materialwhich includes the cost of employment recruitmentover those years is as follows: (a) £1,347,820; (b) £2,172,064; (c) £1,511,039; (d) £2,565,074; (e) £4,032,479; (f) £3,449,218.
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made up of basic salary, Employers National Insurance and Pensions Contributions). Taking into account available subsidies this figures reduces to £15,523 per placement.
Mr. Leslie: The Cabinet Office does not have a specific break-even performance target, as it does not on the whole charge for its services apart from the administration and management of civil service pensions and for some of the activities delivered by Centre for Management and Policy Studies.
However the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA), which is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, and the Central Office of Information (COI), which is an executive agency and separate Government Department reporting to the Deputy Prime Minister, both have a key performance target to break-even on an accruals basis.
The GCDA met its break-even target for the financial year 200001. This was reported in the Agency's Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year 200001, which were laid before Parliament on 17 July 2001. At this stage, it is on course to meet its target in 200102.
Central Office of Information (COI) met its break-even target for the financial year 200001. This was reported in the Agency's Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year 200001, which were laid before Parliament on 20 July 2001. It is on course to meet its target for 200102.