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Departmental Furniture

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000. (244347)

The cost of furniture purchased by the Department since 2001-02 is as follows:

£

2001-02

113,000

2002-03

76,000

2003-04

46,743

2004-05

149,097

2005-06

514,155

2006-07

1,074,555

2007-08

675,018

The Department does not currently keep a record of itemised purchases so are unable to break down the figures as requested, though the vast majority of furniture is obtained by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) framework main contracted supplier, Kinnarps, who are Swedish based. The Department does not hold figures for earlier than 2001-02.