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Departmental Accountancy

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what items of his Department’s (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices index and (iii) other measures of inflation. (179946)

The Ministry of Justice has a limited number of revenue raising contracts, negotiated within its ‘Wider Markets’ initiative, to make appropriate use of public assets. These contracts have been negotiated with suitable commercial provisions, which may include indexation in some cases. For reasons of commercial confidentiality, it is not possible to disclose the terms of the contracts.

The Ministry of Justice has a wide range of expenditure contracts for goods and services.

Where commercially appropriate, indexation is negotiated when the contract is awarded. This generally applies where contracts are over a longer time scale, provide a consistent or repeated service or commodity, or a service with a significant manpower element.