Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) how many ministerial red boxes her Department bought in each of the last five years; and how much each cost;
(2) what tendering process is used to decide which company supplies ministerial red boxes to her Department.
Ivan Lewis (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health; Bury South, Labour)
The Department orders red boxes from Banner Business Supplies as and when they are needed. Ministerial boxes are used by successive Ministers over many years.