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Departmental Furniture

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since it was established. (244351)

The Ministry of Justice was established on 9 May 2007. Since establishment, expenditure on furniture for planned large scale projects and refurbishments, breaks down as follows:

(a) British firms; £5,999,577.

(b) Remploy; Nil.

(c) Overseas firms; £1,525,000.

Remploy has not competed for any raw material tender to date. We manufacture furniture in house, using contracted back up suppliers and inmates through prison industries. In line with our requirement to use prison industries as far as possible for this area of work. However we are currently in the final stages of awarding a contract to Remploy for the provision of education and employment training for prisoners. The contract award is for three years with provision to extend for an additional year and is valued at approximately £1.6 million.

Expenditure is also incurred by individual business areas for local ad-hoc requirements, however records for this expenditure are not held centrally and to provide information on these purchases would be disproportionate in terms of cost and time.