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Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by British firms in each year since 2000. (105141)

The Department for Education and Skills uses the Office of Government framework contracts to purchase bulk office furniture. The main suppliers used are Pentos, Paragon, Orangebox and Herman Miller, all of whom supply British made furniture. A breakdown of the spend on this make of furniture since 2000 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.