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FOI reference - FOI 2017-03-03(b)
Date - 03/03/2017


Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I’d be grateful if you could help me with the following about government procurement card (GPC) spending.

  1. Please provide me with a breakdown of the department’s spending via government procurement cards, in annual breakdown over the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, listing how much was spent in each year.
  2. Please include in this breakdown the amount charged on each occasion over 2015, 2016 and 2017, when it was charged, and what it was for. Please include detail like if any department trips, what the name of the hotel was, or any food – what the brand / restaurant was, as is feasible within cost / time limits.

I should add that I am conscious of the government's programme of publishing GPC spending monthly when the transactions are above £500. However I should make clear as regards any overlap of my request with already publicly available information, that I would be interested in the information below £500.


I can confirm that we do not hold the information you have requested. This is because we do not currently have Government Procurement Cards and therefore have no spend for 2015 or 2016.

Duty to provide advice and assistance

You might be interested to know that we are currently in the process of implementing Government Procurement Cards and we anticipate them going live later this year, after which time we will comply with the government’s requirement to publish, as indicated.