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Online Sales/Purchases

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) products, (b) goods and (c) services were (i) bought and (ii) sold online by his Department in each of the last five years. [97451]

[holding answer 10 February 2003]: During the last five years my Department has bought the following products, goods and services online:

  • official publications and books;
  • travel tickets via the framework contract;
  • hotel accommodation via the framework contract;
  • mobile phones;
  • PC's, laptops and computer servers;
  • installation of a computer network link;
  • maintenance of video conferencing equipment;
  • recruitment of temporary administrative and secretarial staff via the framework contract;
  • budget air/rail tickets direct from providers.
Additionally 17 per cent. of Departmental publications are ordered by the public via email, although the vast majority of these are free publications.