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United Kingdom Statistics Authority: Government Procurement Card

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by UK Statistics Authority using the Government Procurement Card from the date of its establishment to May 2010.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jill Matheson, dated 1 November 2011

As Principal Accounting Officer for the UK Statistics Authority (including the Office for National Statistics) I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was, for each transaction undertaken by the UK Statistics Authority using Government Procurement Cards from the date of its establishment to May 2010. (73491). I am sorry for the delay in my reply.

It is our policy to use the Government Procurement Card as an efficient way of processing low value transactions. All transactions made using Government Procurement Cards are subject to the same stringent controls process and authorisation as in our travel and subsistence and procure to pay systems.

Tables providing a breakdown of expenditure by (i) the UK Statistics Authority and (ii) the Office for National Statistics using Government Procurement Cards for the period May 2009 - May 2010 will be placed in the House of Commons Library. Information for the previous period requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

We are actively looking at how we can expand on datasets already published to include the publication of Government Procurement Card expenditure over £500.

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