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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Contracts for Services: Small Businesses (11 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: In the period 1 September to 8 December 2017, the average number of supplier organisations that registered on Contracts Finder each week was 232, of which 78% were SMEs. We are currently not able to provide a breakdown of these by region.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Mobile Phones (11 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: There is no specific policy covering the use of instant-messaging applications, there is however policy that sets out the expected conduct of Civil Servants when making use of electronic communications across OFFICIAL and personal devices. There is also a policy on the use of social media. Whilst these policies do not specifically deal with instant messaging they are clear on what civil...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Sick Leave (11 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Civil Service recognises that good workforce health and wellbeing is fundamental to delivering brilliant public services. We support people so that they can remain at work where possible and to return as soon as they are ready following sickness absence. Cabinet Office statistics show that Civil Service annual Average Working Days Lost (AWDL) per staff year has reduced from 9.8 days in...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Sick Leave (11 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Civil Service recognises that good workforce health and wellbeing is fundamental to delivering brilliant public services. We support people so that they can remain at work where possible and to return as soon as they are ready following sickness absence. For the year ending March 2017, the percentage of absence that was reported as due to mental ill health was 25.8%. The percentage of...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Contracts (11 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Procurement Policy Note 03/17 applies to all public sector contracts that involve processing personal data and that will be in place after 25 May 2018. Information on the number of such contracts is not held centrally.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Procurement (11 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: We have in place a number of arrangements to ensure the effective management of government's strategic suppliers. These arrangements include working with departments to develop robust contingency plans that enable us to respond to whatever operational issues may arise.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and hon. Members for that very warm welcome. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and this Government are committed to supporting them in securing Government contracts. To that end, we have already streamlined our procurement processes to assist small businesses. Our small business panel is working to improve accessibility of Government contracts, and we...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend raises a very important point. It really is vital that small businesses can access Government contracts as simply as possible, so to achieve this we have already taken action to ensure that bidding processes are simplified across the public sector, with complex pre-qualification questionnaires abolished for low-value contracts. We will continue to look at ways to reduce burdens...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I would point to three pieces of information: direct spend with SMEs is up 80% since the Conservatives came to power in the coalition in 2010; more small businesses than ever are bidding for Government business; and the Government now spend about £5.6 billion directly with SMEs.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I thank my right hon. and learned Hertfordshire Friend for his welcome. He raises an important point. There are two aspects of this: there is the direct spend—as I have said, it is about £5.6 billion—but we also need to ensure that we get spend into contracts lower down, with people who have Government contracts then spending with small businesses, which is something we are...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: As the hon. Gentleman would expect, we of course make contingency plans for all eventualities. If I could briefly update the House, Carillion, as Members will know, is a major supplier to the Government, with a number of long-term contracts. We are committed to maintaining a healthy supplier market and working closely with our key suppliers. I can tell the House that Carillion’s...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I do not think there is anything wrong with profit. Profit is a reward for investment made by businesses. Perhaps if the hon. Gentleman had listened to my answer, he would not have had to read a pre-scripted question. I gently suggest to him that this is something the Government take very seriously. We, for the first time, as a Government—this had not been done for 13 years...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: In November 2017, we published the 2015-16 figures for central Government Departments. The Government are fully committed to supporting our small businesses, which are the engine room of our economy, so we are continuing to take action to meet our target of a third of procurement being with small businesses by 2022.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the fact that this is a challenging target, but, as I said previously, we set a challenging target in 2010 and we met it by the end of the Parliament. I am confident that we will meet our target again. In particular, we will be taking further measures in relation to SMEs. We will use transparency to encourage large businesses to employ more SMEs and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Extremism (8 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: What steps she is taking to tackle extremism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Extremism (8 Jan 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Flying the flag of the political wing of the anti-Semitic terrorist organisation Hezbollah is provocative, incites extremism and is deeply offensive to our Jewish community, but the flag can still be seen flying at events such as the al-Quds day marches in London. Will the Home Secretary update the House on what steps are being taken to prevent that from happening?

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Community-based policing is the cornerstone of policing in Hertsmere and has a much valued role. I welcome the flexibility that the Minister has shown over the precept. However, what reassurance can he give me that community-based policing will be properly funded in small towns such as Potters Bar that might be disadvantaged relative to larger urban areas?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya: Slavery (14 Dec 2017)

Oliver Dowden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to tackle trafficking and sale of slaves in Libya.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Protected Areas (12 Dec 2017)

Oliver Dowden: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to protect marine environments in (a) the UK and (b) the UK Overseas Territories.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Oliver Dowden: As the hon. Gentleman is seeking an intervention, perhaps he would like to note that the cost of the House of Lords has actually fallen, not risen, since 2010, so the cost of politics is being cut in relation to the upper Chamber.


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