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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2275W, how much his Department spent on taxi travel and courier services in (a) 2005-06 and (b) each year since 1997. (83494)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on taxis in the last 12 months. (93105)

The Treasury’s spending on taxi and courier services in 2005-06 was £181,000. For the earlier years, I refer to the answers given to the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T.C. Davies) on 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 105W, to the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow) on 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 698W, and to the right hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) on 19 February 1998, Official Report, column 792W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on fauna, plants and flowers in his Department in the last 12 months. (83497)

The Treasury spent £14,000 on the supply and maintenance of plants and flowers in 2005-06. There was no spending on fauna.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on magazines and newspaper subscriptions by his Department in June 2006. (83574)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on the inter-governmental courier service in the last 12 months. (97876)

In the financial year 2005-06 the Treasury paid £5,093 (inclusive of VAT) to the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the provision of courier services.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department subsidises its refreshment facilities for staff. (97877)

Under the agreement negotiated with contractors at the time of the opening of 1 Horse Guards road, the catering facilities in Treasury will be subsidised until 2008-09.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on (a) stationery and (b) other promotional merchandise branded with his Department’s name in the last three years. (99348)

The Treasury’s accounting system does not distinguish between branded and non-branded stationery. The Treasury’s total spending on stationery in the last three financial years was as follows. The Department’s accounting system does record spending on promotional merchandise as a separate category.

£000

2003-04

308

2004-05

264

2005-06

258