asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many external contracts worth £1 million or more the Department for Transport currently has with the Transport Research Laboratory; and what is the figure as a proportion of the total number of external contracts worth £1 million or more that the department has placed with outside bodies.
The department currently has five contracts, established following specific invitations to tender, worth £1 million or more, with the Transport Research Laboratory. This represents 1.6 per cent of all the department's contracts for specific assignments worth £1 million or more.
In addition, the department has a number of frameworks in place, which are typically with a number of suppliers through which it expects to place orders on a "call-off" basis. Such arrangements are based on an estimated value of spend over their duration and may include accumulated orders worth £1 million or more, often placed following further competition. The Transport Research Laboratory is included in a number of such framework arrangements.