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The details behind all Whitehall spending over £25,000 made since the election have been published.

About £80bn of expenditure, some 195,000 separate entries, were published online as part of what ministers call their "transparency agenda".

Here are the private companies in receipt of the biggest cheques.

Private companies paid by government

Company Paid Business sector

* £3.2bn of this amount is teachers' pensions handled by Capita

Capita logo

Capita

£3.35bn*

Outsourcing company

Aspire logo

Aspire Defence

£366m

Property and IT services

Telereal Trillium

Telereal Trillium

£284m

Property management

HP Enterprise Services

HP Services

£284m

IT services

Serco logo

Serco

£211m

Service company

Airwave logo

Airwave

£147m

Communications for emergency and armed services

BT logo

BT

£132m

Communications services

Eaga

Eaga

£131m

Renewable energy solutions

atos logo

Atos Origin

£130m

IT services company

G4S logo

G4S

£102m

Prison management

IBM logo

IBM

£96m

IT services

CSC logo

CSC computing services

£86m

IT services company

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