The publication of this spending is a huge stride forward for government openness and will make the government more accountable and more transparent than ever before.
This new information will provide an unparalleled insight into how government spends taxpayers' money and gives people the information they need to be able to hold the government to account. This is just the start. From now on, all of this information will be published on a regular basis by departments.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said:
"When you open up the books, let people start to do some auditing of their own, I think there will be a great deal of pressure on government to use money, other people's money, much more carefully and be prepared to answer questions more."