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Departmental Credit Cards

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions a government procurement card was used by his departmental officials and by service personnel in each of the last five years; how much was spent via such cards in each such year; and what effect on administrative costs the use of such cards is estimated to have had since they came into operation. (200542)

The total expenditure and total number of transactions on the Government Procurement Cards (GPC) held by departmental officials and service personnel over the last five years is detailed as follows:

Expenditure (£)

Transactions

2007-08

231,103,509

819,903

2006-07

218,631,506

754,329

2005-06

202,499,078

714,471

2004-05

168,594,451

627,006

2003-04

100,438,586

401,980

Since its implementation in the MOD, the GPC has achieved total process and administration cost savings of £101,894,044, based on the NAO savings figure of £28 per transaction. A breakdown of this is shown in the following table:

Transactions

Savings (£)

2007-08

819,903

22,957,284

2006-07

754,329

21,121,212

2005-06

714,471

20,005,188

2004-05

627,006

17,556,168

2003-04

401,980

11,255,440

2002-03

227,725

6,376,300

2001-02

61,296

1,716,288

2000-01

30,155

844,340

1999-2000

2,208

61,824

Total

3,639,073

101,894,044