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Departmental Plants

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on pot plants in 2009-10 to date. (319209)

The requested information is as follows:

(a) £13,724

(b) £57,514

The above expenditure typically relates to interior displays in the public reception areas of Department for Transport offices and in some cases includes maintenance costs.

All expenditure was incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety. We need to provide an environment where people work well and the provision of plants contributes to this, but we recognise the figure is high. These costs will therefore be significantly reduced over the next year along with other efficiency savings.

The data above exclude the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). VOSA does not record the information requested and this can be provided only at disproportionate cost.