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Departmental Furniture

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. (244355)

The Department for Transport was formed in May 2002. The Department has spent £45,787,332 on furniture with British based firms, £31,250 with Remploy and £257,204 with overseas firms since 2002. The breakdown is as follows:

Sector

Spend (£)

2002-03

British Firms

4,064,176

Remploy

0

Overseas Firms

0

2003-04

British Firms

11,511,281

Remploy

27,222

Overseas Firms

0

2004-05

British Firms

13,539,857

Remploy

4,028

Overseas Firms

0

2005-06

British Firms

5,935,787

Remploy

0

Overseas Firms

257,204

2006-07

British Firms

5,976,967

Remploy

0

Overseas Firms

0

2007-08

British Firms

4,759,264

Remploy

0

Overseas Firms

0

The Department for Transport utilises the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions office furniture contract for the vast majority of its furniture purchases. All companies on that contract are British based or have British operating arms.