Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

Defence written question – answered on 8th May 2007.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many Ministerial red boxes his 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 his Department.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The MOD has purchased a total of 11 new ministerial red boxes over the past five years. The cost of each box purchased in each of the previous five years has been:

2002 One box at £585
2003 One box at £559
2004 Two boxes at a total cost of £916
2005 Two boxes at £564 each
2006 Four boxes at £550 each and one box at £720.

The MOD purchases its ministerial red boxes from Banner Business Supplies but has on exceptional occasions approached Barrow and Gale (formerly BH Leather Ltd.) directly.

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