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Departmental Plants

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) pot plants and (b) flowers in each of the last three years. (254876)

The total sum spent by DEFRA on internal and external planting for each of the three years are as follows:

£

2005-06

21,009.90

2006-07

27,844.42

2007-08

31,017.53

These costs include internal and external planting. The nature of provision through the current FM contractor makes it difficult to separate internal planting from the overall costs. The costs also include provision of cut flowers on a weekly basis to Nobel House and 55 Whitehall.