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Departmental Furniture

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on furniture in each of the last five years. (273710)

Departmental and agency expenditure on furniture in the last five years is shown in the following table:

£000

Department

Agencies

2004-05

201

166

2005-06

189

149

2006-07

325

176

2007-08

340

226

2008-09

233

183

The Northern Ireland Office procures furniture across a number of sites which are mainly located in Belfast and London. This furniture is required to facilitate staff in providing a quality service and the expenditure has been incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.