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Departmental Furniture

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by her Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case. (211763)

The information requested is not held centrally. It has been estimated that, due to the broad scope of this question and the decentralised and devolved structure of the Department, to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs. However, the information that is available is set out in the table below. This does not include in all cases information on specific categories of purchase as this is not recorded centrally.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has replaced approximately 1,450 workstations per year over the last three years (April 2005 - March 2008) as part of a rolling refurbishment programme of the main headquarters site in Swansea. Each workstation includes a desk, chair, three drawer pedestal, back screen and monitor arm. Cost information is commercially confidential.

Records of furniture purchased by the DVLA prior to this are not available.

Data for the following Department for Transport organisational units is not available in the requested format and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost:

DfT Central:

London Headquarters buildings,

Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Executive Agency:

Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

Vehicle Certification Agency and

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

£

DfT Central

Executive Agency

Ashdown House, Hastings

Air Accidents Investigations Branch

Rail Accident Investigation Branch (see note 1 )

Driving Standards Agency

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Highways Agency

2003-04

a) Chairs

Quantity

2

Cost

390

b) Desks

Quantity

0

Cost

0

c) Other

Quantity

0

Cost

0

Total

Quantity

2

Cost

390

9,391

63,000

8,388

65,630

2004-05

a) Chairs

Quantity

20

121

Cost

10,700

14,844

b) Desks

Quantity

210

37

Cost

61,000

12,716

c) Other

Quantity

315

255

Cost

54,300

26,969

Total

Quantity

545

413

Cost

126,000

25,795

54,529

86,000

10,968

274,176

2005-06

a) Chairs

Quantity

20

39

Cost

3,900

3,497

b) Desks

Quantity

0

0

Cost

0

0

c) Other

Quantity

0

218

Cost

0

33,888

Total

Quantity

20

257

Cost

3,900

41,952

37,385

48,000

7,141

124,252

2006-07

a) Chairs

Quantity

77

3

Cost

15,600

452

b) Desks

Quantity

0

0

Cost

0

0

c) Other

Quantity

0

34

Cost

0

2,417

Total

Quantity

77

37

Cost

15,600

55,924

2,869

112,000

10,660

2,405,660

2007-08

a) Chairs

Quantity

8

23

Cost

2,100

4,789

b) Desks

Quantity

0

3

Cost

0

1,198

c) Other

Quantity

0

72

Cost

0

7,792

Total

Quantity

8

98

Cost

2,100

27,117

13,779

375,000

12,199

366,412

Note:

1. Rail Accident Investigation Branch became operational on 17 October 2005.