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Government Departments: Procurement

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Prescott Lord Prescott Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) date of purchase, (2) amount, (3) supplier and (4) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry of each transaction undertaken by the Attorney-General's Office using the government procurement card in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09, (d) 2009-10, and (e) 2010-11.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

Tables containing the recorded information for GPC transactions by the Attorney-General's Office (AGO) from 2006-07 to 2010-11 have been placed in the Library of the House.

In October 2008 banking arrangements for the AGO were changed from NatWest to Barclays. This resulted in a change to the way the information was recorded. Information additional to that shown in the tables deposited in the Library could not be obtained without incurring a disproportionate cost.

In summary, the total recorded GPC expenditure for each year is:

Year £ inc VAT)
2006-07 49,171
2007-08 64,841
2008-09 37,483
2009-10 32,284
2010-11 27,132

As part of the commitment to greater transparency, data for government procurement card transactions of £500 and above are now published monthly.

Details of such expenditure by the Attorney-General's Office, the Treasury Solicitor's Department and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate since April 2011 can be found at

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