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Government Procurement Card

Justice 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 Justice

(1) 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;

(2) on which dates his Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is as follows:

(a) I can confirm that there are no MOJ Government Procurement Card (GPC) holders who are paid off payroll.

(b) GPC cards are issued in response to a business need in line with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) GPC policy that is published on the MOJ website. The policy does not distinguish between part-time and permanent staff and therefore records are not kept. To obtain this information would be at disproportionate cost.

(c) GPC cards are issued to non-permanent staff on a fixed term contract on receipt of an approved business justification. These staff are on the MOJ payroll. Cards are not issued to agency/interim staff or consultants. Records of the number of cards issued to non-permanent staff are not kept and to obtain this information would be at disproportionate cost.

Details of all GPC transactions of £500 and above have been published on the MOJ website in accordance with Cabinet Office instructions since September 2011. The dates on which data have been published are as follows:

Data covering period Date published
April to June 2011 27 September 2011
July 2011 31 October 2011
August 2011 31 October 2011
September 2011 30 November 2011
October 2011 30 December 2011
November 2011 31 January 2012
December 2011 29 February 2012
January 2012 30 March 2012
February 2012 30 April 2012
March 2012 14 June 2012

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