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Written Question 31st July 2007

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many ministerial red boxes his Department and its predecessor bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what tendering process was used in selecting them.

A:The number of Ministers red boxes ordered by BERR and its predecessor over the previous five years were as follows:

Number Cost (£)
2002-03 0 —
2003-04 0 —
2004-05 1 604.50
2005-06 9 749 each
2006-07 8 749 each

Banner Business Supplies are the sole supplier of Ministers boxes and are an Office of Government Commerce (OGC) approved supplier.
Gareth Thomas (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development)


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