Government Procurement Card

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which dates his Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

This Department is at the forefront of transparency in Whitehall. Since August 2010 my Department has been publishing details of all transactions for goods and services of £500 or more, matching the level required of councils.

Spend on the Department's Government Procurement Cards was £70,835 in 2011-12, compared to £321,076 in 2009-10. The Department has taken a series of steps, including greater transparency, to improve financial controls on Government Procurement Card spending and I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 12 January 2012, Hansard, columns 386-87W and 12 January 2012, Hansard, House of Lords, columns WA107-108.

The Department routinely publishes Government Procurement Card expenditure on the DCLG website. This data has been published on the following dates:

Date published Period
26 January 2012 1 April 2009 to 11 May 2010
28 February 2011 12 May 2010 to 31 January 2011
3 June 2011 February to April 2011
26 July 2011 Expenditure for May 2011
8 August 2011 Expenditure for June 2011
16 September 2011 Expenditure for July 2011
4 September 2011 Expenditure for August 2011
27 October 2011 Expenditure for September 2011
20 January 2012 Expenditure for October 2011
26 January 2012 Expenditure for November 2011
10 February 2012 Expenditure for December 2011
2 March 2012 Expenditure for January 2012
28 June 2012 Expenditure May 2012

There were no transactions of £500 or more on Government Procurement Cards between February 2012 and April 2012.

My Department has also published full details of our Government Procurement Card spend on the Freedom of Information disclosure log of our website:

Date published Period
11 July 2011 2006-11
31 May 2011 2008-11
20 May 2011 2010-11

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