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Government Procurement Card

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c) employed as a non-permanent employee in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The information is as follows.

(a) All cardholders must be on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) payroll for a Government Procurement Card (GPC) to be issued.

(b) The number of part-time employees who hold a GPC is not recorded and this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

(c) Only staff in FCO funded positions and therefore on the payroll can hold a GPC. The number of seconded staff filling FCO slots who have been issued a card is not centrally recorded.

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