Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes
Duchy of Lancaster
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what tendering process was used in selecting them.
Edward Miliband (Minister of State, Cabinet Office; Doncaster North, Labour)
Red boxes are used by successive Ministers over a number of years. The specific information requested for the last five years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Red boxes are ordered via the Department's stationery contract with Banner Business Supplies. The contract was agreed following a joint competitive procurement procedure with HMRC.