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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; and how much each cost.
John Healey (Financial Secretary, HM Treasury; Wentworth, Labour)
During the last five years HM Treasury has purchased only one box pouch in 2005-06 and just one despatch box in 2006-07. The total cost including VAT was £1,388 and £511 respectively.
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