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Departmental Furniture

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. (244359)

The Department has a PFI contract with Land Securities Trillium for the provision of fully serviced accommodation, including the provision of furniture, and for which an all inclusive unitary charge is paid. It is not possible to provide separate details of expenditure which relates solely to furniture from within this amount. The information that is available is provided in the following table. The figures in the table relate solely to expenditure on furniture for projects (including the roll-out of the new Jobcentre Plus network and other departmental initiatives in the Pension Service and Debt Management, which is procured and paid for separately by the Department.

DWP expenditure on furniture (1 April 2000 to 31 March 2008)

£ million

Financial year

Furniture made by British firms

Furniture made by Remploy

Furniture made by overseas firms

2000-01

0.5

Nil

Nil

2001-02

2.2

Nil

Nil

2002-03

4.3

Nil

Nil

2003-04

12.6

Nil

0.4

2004-05

2.4

Nil

1.6

2005-06

6.5

Nil

1.5

2006-07

10.9

Nil

0.1

2007-08

4.7

Nil

0.3