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Government Procurement Card

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths Conservative, Burton

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2011, Official Report, column 446W, on departmental official hospitality, which of the transactions under the heading of (a) restaurants and bars and (b) leisure activities in the Government Procurement Card transaction data of (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10 were made using cards held by the private office of each Minister in his Department.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The following transactions were made under the heading of ‘restaurants and bars’ and ‘leisure activities’ using cards held by ministerial private offices in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

2008-09
Transaction date Merchant Town Spend category Transaction amount (£)
14 April 2008 Nags Head Inn Usk Restaurants and Bars 51.15
21 April 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 36.20
1 May 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 30.25
12 May 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 43.55
3 June 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 48.45
4 June 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 52.15
11 June 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 55.40
13 June 2008 Pizza Express 1341 Victoria 1 Restaurants and Bars 35.75
18 June 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 48.10
20 June 2008 Ritazza Cafe Paddington St Restaurants and Bars 7.17
25 June 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 5.45
1 July 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 54.55
1 July 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 5.30
7 July 2008 Pump House Durham Leisure Activities 245.40
9 July 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 6.55
11 July 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 48.35
15 July 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 42.15
18 July 2008 Costa Coffee Newcastle U T Restaurants and Bars 7.30
23 July 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 52.90
24 July 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 88.70
31 July 2008 Moto Catering Ferrybridge Restaurants and Bars 8.08
19 August 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 27.60
21 August 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 22.75
21 August 2008 Pizza Express 1341 Victoria 1 Restaurants and Bars 52.90
2 October 2008 Pizza Express 1341 Victoria 1 Restaurants and Bars 33.75
14 October 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 48.25
20 October 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 49.10
30 October 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 53.20
31 October 2008 Pizza Express 1341 Victoria 1 Restaurants and Bars 30.35
31 October 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 27.20
2 November 2008 Nanjing Qina Tang Renjia Nanjing Restaurants and Bars 27.30
4 November 2008 SHH Yong An Xianqiangfang Shanghai Restaurants and Bars 522.73
20 November 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 50.05
25 November 2008 Pizza Express 1341 Victoria 1 Restaurants and Bars 40.10
2 December 2008 The Wolseley London W1J Restaurants and Bars 99.23
5 December 2008 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 45.45
17 December 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 33.00
18 December 2008 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars -18.00
22 January 2009 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 31.30
5 February 2009 Starbucks Coffee Co London Restaurants and Bars 5.43
12 February 2009 Costa @ Cardinal London 430220 Restaurants and Bars 6.00
10 March 2009 Pret A Manger 57 Great East Restaurants and Bars 3.58
17 March 2009 Costa Waterloo London SE1 Restaurants and Bars 4.30
19 March 2009 Gruppo Inn The Parks London SW1A Restaurants and Bars 107.78
30 March 2009 Starbucks Coffee3913407 75 Paris 8 Restaurants and Bars 9.20
2009 - 10
Transaction date Merchant Town Spend category Transaction amount (£)
3 April 2009 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 480.10
8 May 2009 Pizza Express London 2031 Restaurants and Bars 35.25
14 May 2009 Garfunkels Edinburgh 897 Restaurants and Bars 16.00
15 May 2009 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 334.20
5 June 2009 Wagamama Victoria Victoria Restaurants and Bars 42.95
5 June 2009 The Wolseley London W1J Restaurants and Bars 97.37
1 October 2009 Old Star City Of Westminster Restaurants and Bars 44.20
21 October 2009 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 18.10
30 October 2009 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 95.40
3 November 2009 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 31.20
26 November 2009 Fuel Cafe Bar Ltd Manchester Restaurants and Bars 9.40
12 January 2010 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 384.60
18 February 2010 Costa @ Durham Southbound Restaurants and Bars 8.50
8 March 2010 Refreshment Dpt Micros London SW1P Restaurants and Bars 35.00

The Government Procurement Card spend categories depend on how the vendor classifies their business. Some transactions under the ‘restaurants and bars’ line related to the purchase of gifts on official business, and were excluded from the figures provided in my written answer of 9 June 2011, Hansard, column 447W.

The single transaction listed under ‘leisure activities’ was a ministerial working dinner and should therefore be added to the figures provided in my written answer of 9 June 2011, Hansard, column 447W.

My Department is committed to greater transparency over the use of the Government Procurement Card than under the last Administration, and has strengthened checks and balances to ensure protection of taxpayers’ money.

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