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Departments: Credit Cards

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years. (145295)

The expenditure in the Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement cards and (c) fuel cards for the last three calendar years is shown in the following table.

£

Government procurement card

Travel and expense cards

Fuel cards

2004

2,254,880

0

101,608

2005

11,834,369

158,750

558,156

2006

21,779,394

1,277,283

651,100

Travel and expenses cards were introduced in 2005 on a trial basis. Fuel card figures for 2004 relate only to the Arval contract which commenced that year. Figures for the previous contract could be obtained only at disproportionate cost because of changes in the accounting systems and organisational arrangements.

The Department has adopted OGCbuying.solutions pre-tendered national frameworks for the Government Procurement Card (GPC) and Government Fuel Card facilities in line with best practice. GPC is used for the consolidation of prompt and efficient payment of goods and services.

Arval Fuel Cards are available for any civil servant who need to put fuel in official vehicles on a regular basis The Travel and Expense (T&E) Cards are available to any civil servant in the Home Office who is called upon to travel regularly and would otherwise submit claims for reimbursement of personal expenses.