To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Dover of 11 July 2011, Official Report, column 57W, on the Government Procurement Card,
(1) whether any of the cards were used abroad for transactions before they were cloned; and whether the fraudulent usage included foreign expenditure on the cloned cards;
(2) whether the transactions made on cloned cards were reported to the police;
(3) which offices within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had their Government Procurement Card cloned;
(4) what the estimated (a) number and (b) value was of transactions that were made on cloned cards during the time that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister existed.
This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Government Procurement Card transaction records for the period
Departmental guidance is clear that any unauthorised or unknown transactions appearing on Government Procurement Card transaction reports (invoices) such as cloned card incidents must be reported immediately to the card issuing company. Under the terms of the contract any financial loss arising from this type of fraudulent activity is the responsibility of the card issuing company who will take forward any investigation. There will be no threat/risk to departmental funds.