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Departmental Flowers

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on cut flowers in each of the last three years. (256173)

The requested information is provided in the following table.

£

DfT Organisational Unit

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

DfT (c):

London HQ

0.00

0.00

0.00

Air Accidents Investigation Branch1

0.00

180.00

0.00

Marine Accident Investigation Branch

0.00

0.00

0.00

Rail Accident Investigation Branch

0.00

0.00

0.00

Driving Standards Agency

1,210.00

1,225.00

1,175.00

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency2

100.00

150.00

0.00

Government Car and Despatch Agency3

Highways Agency3

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

40.00

27.49

29.50

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency3

Vehicle Certification Agency4

245.00

850.00

1,350.00

1,827.49

2,054.50

1 Relates to the Royal opening of a new wing of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (Farnborough)

2 The £100.00 spend in 2005-06 relates to the purchase of two flower arrangements for the Memorial Service of R Ley (DVLA Director) in June 2005 and the hire of two flower stands.

The £150.00 spend in 2006-07 relates to the purchase of cut flowers for the victims of the letter bomb explosion at the Agency’s mail room in February 2007.

3 Requested information can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

4 Relates to spend incurred during 2006-07 to 2008-09 (to date). Flowers are sent to staff following a serious, personal and often unexpected event. This would include a serious illness, major accident or bereavement.

This excludes spend by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, Highways Agency, and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency as the requested information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.