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Government Procurement Card

Education written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to reduce the number of staff in his private ministerial office who hold a Government Procurement Card.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Three members of staff in the ministerial private office of the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, hold a Government Procurement Card. The Department strictly adheres to the Cabinet Office's guidance governing the use of Government Procurement Cards which is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/219671/pan-gp-card-policy.pdf

The Department has significantly reduced the number of Government Procurement Cards held, from 112 in 2009-10, to 70 in 2012-13.

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