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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 Department for Education 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 Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

This Government are committed to the transparency agenda. During October 2011 we began to publish information on transactions over £500 for 2011-12 for the Department for Education on our website and will continue to do so on a monthly basis at: departmentalinformation/transparency/a00199014/details-of-spending-over-500-by-the-department-via-government-procurement-card-gpc.

Information on transactions over £500 for 2010-11 will be published by the end of March 2012.

Since November 2010, the department's government procurement card (GPC) scheme has been administered by the Department for Work and Pensions under the shared services umbrella. The previous scheme was a direct contractual arrangement between the Department for Education, its predecessors, and Barclaycard. This ran from 2002 to October 2010.

The department is only able to release data from April 2008 to March 2011 inclusive, as detailed in the full list of transactions provided separately. The cost work required in obtaining, contextualising and reporting data for central government departments for financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08 would exceed the cost limits of a Freedom of Information request for a Parliamentary Question.

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