Government Procurement Card

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 20th October 2011.

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Photo of Chris Kelly Chris Kelly Conservative, Dudley South

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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 Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008. DECC's records of procurement card transactions prior to December 2009 were held on a mix of paper and electronic files. It would incur disproportionate cost to search these records. DECC holds central records of all procurement card transactions for the period December 2009 to March 2011, and of all transactions over £500 for the period 1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011. We have identified one cash withdrawal using a procurement card in December 2009. This was to cover Copenhagen cash expenses and to top up ministerial petty cash.

DECC staff holding procurement cards can only use them for the purposes agreed when their cards were issued. Any other usage is unacceptable and may result in cards being withdrawn. On this basis, cash withdrawals are prohibited for the vast majority of cardholders

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