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Government Procurement Card

Justice written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Chris Kelly Chris Kelly Conservative, Dudley South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 which dates.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Financial controls in place on the use of Ministry of Justice Government Procurement cards (GPC) prevent cash being withdrawn by cardholders. However, selected cardholders in the former Tribunals Service were authorised to withdraw cash for the purposes of reimbursing appellants expenses. The process was strictly controlled at the business unit level and monitored by district managers to ensure compliance with the process. This process was replaced in July 2011 so cash withdrawals are no longer made using the GPC.

Data in the format my hon. Friend has requested for individual transactions is not held centrally and would require an approach the individual business units for this information. An initial assessment indicates that contacting staff members and compiling this data would take in excess of 3.5 days.

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