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Departmental Procurement

Health written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many procurement contracts his Department has awarded to small businesses since May 2010.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department fully supports the Government's initiative regarding small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and utilises a wide range of organisations within this category who provide an essential contribution to the delivery of the Department's objectives. An average of 17% of purchase order value was placed with small businesses over the past two years.

During the period 1 May 2010 to 13 July 2011, the Department placed a total of 11,225 purchase orders worth £512 million with commercial suppliers, academic institutions, third sector organisations and independent contractors, of which 3,666 worth £82 million were from SMEs. This represents 32.5% of the total orders.

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