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Government Departments: Procurement

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase the transparency of public spending on government procurement cards in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister between 2001 and 2006.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase the transparency of public spending on government procurement cards in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office between 2006 and 2007.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Under the coalition Government, the Department for Communities and Local Government has been at the forefront of the transparency agenda and publishing open data on spending.

This has included publishing past and present data on government procurement cards administered by the department, including transactions under the auspices of the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from 2004 (from which data are held), the then Deputy Prime Minister's Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

This spending data can be found online at: www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/transparencyingovernment/spenddata/.

As I observed in my answer of 17 January 2012 (Hansard, col. WA 122) such transparency has highlighted wasteful and profligate spending, which is a legitimate area for ongoing parliamentary and public scrutiny.

This Administration have put in place tough controls on such card spending and the very act of transparency acts as a valuable check and balance to ensure greater protection of taxpayers' money in the future.

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