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Departmental Plants

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) pot plants and (b) cut flowers in 2008-09. (280020)

I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in answering this question.

The information requested is set out as follows and covers expenditure for pot plants and cut flowers during 2008-09 for the Ministry of Justice headquarters and Her Majesty’s Courts Service:

(a) Pot plants—£23,824.491

(b) Cut flowers—£5,935.771

1 Excluding VAT

While there is a very slight increase in the cost of pot plants on the year 2007-08, the overall cost of plants and flowers incurred by the MoJ in the year 2008-09 has been significantly reduced. As consolidation of the MoJ estate evolves it is anticipated these numbers will reduce further.

Upon re-tender of the Facilities Management contract, the provision of cut flowers was seen as an area for immediate cost reduction and duly ceased in August 2008.

There is a slight decrease in the figure given for cut flowers in comparison to an earlier answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Garston (Maria Eagle), Minister of State for Justice, to the hon. Member for South-West Surrey (Mr. Hunt) on 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1257W. This is due to the earlier figure being based on an annual budget figure and the current figure being based on actual yearly expenditure, which was slightly less than what was originally budgeted for.

The figures do not include costs from the Tribunal Service or the National Offender Management Service as no separate accounting code is used to record pot plants or cut flowers and to obtain this information would require a manual trawl of each division at a disproportionate cost.