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NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the established purchasing price, as arranged through the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, is of (a) the most common desk top computer, (b) an office chair, (c) a can of beans, (d) a carton of photocopy paper and (e) a standard printer cartridge. (117094)

In October 2006, a number of procurement activities formerly managed by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency transferred to the NHS supply chain. The categories into which most of the items mentioned fall were part of that transfer. In addition, computer equipment is procured on behalf of Government by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

Regarding the prices that are paid, these will vary according to whether or not a trust chooses to use NHS supply chain, or OGC frameworks, or to purchase goods and services directly from suppliers. There is no mandate to the national health service to use either service. Therefore it is not possible to calculate an established purchasing price given the number of purchasing points across the service.

However, I can provide the standard prices as set out by both NHS supply chain and the OGC for the items mentioned. Note that prices would reduce as quantities increased.

Standard prices through NHS supply chain or the OGC



Standard cost (£)


Desktop computer TBC

Dell Optiplex 745 DT/SF/MT Chassis: minimum specification determined by Connecting for Health and trusts


Delivered price

Office chair

Sara-PS4000 Swivel, 5 year guarantee (supplied by GGI Office Furniture


Price negotiated by NHS supply chain; delivered directly by supplier to trusts

A can of beans

Heinz Beans 2.6 kg tin


Delivered price1

Photocopy paper

Box of 5 reams 80 g


Delivered price1

Print cartridge

HP No.45/51645A


Delivered price1

1 Delivered prices allow for the cost of the item, delivery within 48-hours and—if required—packaged to ward level. This means that trusts do not have to have vast supplies depots.