During the period in question, the Ministry had one main supplier for the provision of flat screen televisions, DVD players and stereo equipment. The contract for this supplier has been in place since October 2008. Prior to this, there had been one main supplier for such goods for the National Offender Management Service but this contract was not open to the wider MOJ for use. Since November 2008, the expenditure on these items with the current main supplier by the Ministry is as follows:
£ Flat Screen Televisions 139,676 DVD Players and Recorders 11,358 Stereo Equipment 3,648 Total 154,682
Flat Screen Televisions
DVD Players and Recorders
This contract is available to MoJ headquarters and its executive agencies (HM Courts Service, Tribunals Service, the Office of The Public Guardian, and the National Offender Management Service). The figure may, however, be incomplete as some equipment may have been purchased outside of the contract using the Government Procurement Card (GPC). To investigate whether any flat screen televisions, DVD players or stereo equipment had been purchased with the GPC card would incur disproportionate cost.
In 2008-09 the Department and its agencies spent the following amounts (excluding VAT):
£ Flat screen televisions 159,138 DVD players 10,904 Stereo equipment 21,853 Total 191,895
Flat screen televisions
These figures exclude HM Courts Service, where the information could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.
The significant increase in HQ expenditure in 2008-09 is a result of the refurbishment of the new consolidated building in 102 Petty France which has itself enabled £10 million savings as part of the MoJ Estates Strategy. The whole building was gutted, and re-fitted. In addition this is the first year that full information on these items has been available for NOMS expenditure.
In collating the information to this response it has been brought to my attention that there were factual errors in the answer to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) on 30 March 2009, Official Report, columns 994-96W.
My right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Justice (Mr. Wills) will be writing to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge to correct these errors and will issue a corrected answer to be printed in the correction section of the Official Report.
I apologise for these errors and for the unacceptable delay in providing an answer to this question.