Cost of stationery in the House of Commons (2012)

Request

  • Money spent on stationery

Response

The definition of stationery is broad and can include general office supplies as well as paper stationery.  The House of Commons spent £762,982 in 2010/11 and £384,416 in the first 11 months of 2011/12.  The significant reduction in the level of spend in the current year reflects new initiatives introduced as part of the Savings Programme, together with the environmental policies designed to reduce the House’s consumption of paper.  The majority of Commons stationery is currently purchased through a contract with Banner Business Supplies Ltd.  Offices place orders directly with Banner and make payments to them once the order has been received.