Government Procurement Card

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th September 2011.

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Photo of Chris Kelly Chris Kelly Conservative, Dudley South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Government Procurement Card transactions were made by his Department's officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from 2006-07 to 2009-10; at what cost; and on what dates.

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

holding answer 19 July 2011

The following cash withdrawals have been made by departmental officials from April 2006 to March 2010:

Amount (£)
24 April 2006 235.10
1 June 2006 611.03
8 September 2006 88.93
8 September 2006 351.42
8 September 2006 351.42
8 September 2006 402.64
18 October 2006 861.21
7 November 2006 73.12
27 November 2006 527.82
1 December 2006 205.52
5 December 2006 36.76
5 December 2006 477.94
10 January 2007 348.34
28 June 2007 500.00
2 July 2007 500.00
3 July 2007 200.00
4 November 2008 190.68
9 December 2008 49.64

Currently the Department pays a 2.95% fee on cash advances (minimum charge of £2.95). For foreign exchange transactions we pay a 2.95% fee (minimum charge of £2.95 plus a further currency exchange purchase fee of 2.95%).

The new administration has reviewed its policy on Government Procurement Card usage. As well as reducing the number of cards held, the Department has cancelled the cash withdrawal facility for all but two Government Procurement Card holders (for business continuity reasons).

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