Written Parliamentary Question 9th May 2007
Ministerial Red BoxesQ:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) how many Ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; and how much each cost;
(2) what tendering process is used to decide which company supplies Ministerial red boxes to his Department.A:
The MOD has purchased a total of 11 new ministerial red boxes over the past five years. The cost of each box purchased in each of the previous five years has been:
2002 One box at £585
2003 One box at £559
2004 Two boxes at a total cost of £916
2005 Two boxes at £564 each
2006 Four boxes at £550 each and one box at £720.
The MOD purchases its ministerial red boxes from Banner Business Supplies but has on exceptional occasions approached Barrow and Gale (formerly BH Leather Ltd.) directly.