Written statement to Parliament

Written ministerial statement by Greg Barker: Ministerial correction

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Ministerial correction by the Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP: Minister of State for climate change.

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the Hon Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Official Report 12th February 2013, Col reference 614W . The wording was incorrect as the calculation used for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) was per card holder rather than per member of staff, with the result that the stated CNC averages were too high.

The full answer given was as follows:

The mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card per member of staff is as below:

  2011 (£) 2012(£)
DECC 413 187
Coal Authority 930 1,310
Committee on Climate Change 1,405 1,054
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 360 250
Civil Nuclear Constabulary 1,913 1,241

The correct answer using average number of staff for CNC rather than the average number of staff holding a Government Procurement Card is:

  2011 (£) 2012(£)
DECC 413 187
Coal Authority 930 1,310
Committee on Climate Change 1,405 1,054
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 360 250
Civil Nuclear Constabulary 84 53

Correct calculations:

2011 – GPC spend - £87,984/1,049 (Average number of staff in 2011) = £84

2012 – GPC spend - £65,799/1,244 (Average number of staff in 2012) = £53