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Northern Ireland Assembly ministers spend £1.3m on chauffeur-driven cars

By Connla Young

Assembly ministers have driven into a storm after it emerged they spent £1.3m on chauffeur- driven cars over the last three years.

The huge bill emerged after SDLP environment spokesman John Dallat asked the Department for Finance and Personnel (DFP) how much taxpayers’ cash has been used to run a fleet of ministerial cars.

Last night it emerged that the Assembly forked out £252,000 on a new 13-vehicle ministerial fleet in the last 12 months.

In the past, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson and Environment Minister Alex Attwood have backed calls for ministers to car share.

Despite this, a decision was taken to splash out on a brand new fleet of Skoda Superb cars.

SDLP environment spokesman Mr Dallat said that it is now time for ministers to share vehicles or drive themselves to and from official functions.

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