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Departmental Credit Cards

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what facility is available for senior civil servants in his Department to use credit cards supplied by the Department. (72866)

A facility is available to my senior civil servants and some other specified staff to use a credit card acquired by the Department from one of the major UK banks. The cards are issued to named individuals, they are not transferable and are not interchangeable between cardholders or other colleagues.

The cards are authorised for use to cover immediate expenses when time prevents the purchase of travel and other similar services, for official purposes, through the Department’s normal purchasing arrangements.