Scottish Government spend on stationery and office paper: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Provide the Scottish Government's spending on stationery and office paper for the years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021


Data according to the Scottish Procurement Information Hub (the “Hub”) shows the core Scottish Government directorates’ spend with third party stationery and office products suppliers and, paper products suppliers for the Financial Years (FY) 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21.

vCode Vendor Category

Aggregate Spend

SG Core (Apr 17- Mar 18)

SG Core (Apr 18- Mar 19)

SG Core (Apr 19- Mar 20)

SG Core (Apr 20-Mar 21)

Stationery Office Products Suppliers






Paper Products Suppliers












The Hub is an online tool that allows over 100 Scottish Public Sector bodies the means to examine spend by analysing Accounts Payable data.

The data is based on spend with suppliers that have been classed as commercial organisations or as non-trade social care providers and with whom individual public bodies have spent over £1000 in aggregate in a 12 month period.

Commodity categories are based on the supplier’s main area of business and not the goods and services purchased. All suppliers have been allocated to one spend category only, where in reality they may supply products or services that cover multiple categories. These limitations should be borne in mind when interpreting this response. Commodity categories are based on the vCode supplier taxomony developed by the provider of the Hub. The data shows a summary of spend with suppliers where the commodity category is known. In the FY 2020-21 there is a higher spend as there were purchases made for Personal Protective Equipment and IT peripherals with suppliers categorised as stationery and office products suppliers.

Data is revalidated regularly and may be subject to change as additional information about suppliers is gained. It is however, correct at the date of retrieval (February 2022).

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