Regional Development Agencies

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Moran Margaret Moran Labour, Luton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts were awarded to social enterprises by each regional development agency (RDA) in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the RDAs budget this represented in each such year.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

When awarding contracts, the regional development agencies (RDAs) do not record whether or not a business is a social enterprise. To filter the information to obtain the 'type' of organisation would require the RDAs to examine every agreement and the awardee individually (for each of the last five years) in order to ascertain whether or not they fall under the category of 'social enterprise'. Undertaking such an activity would incur disproportionate cost.

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