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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of the cost of (i) employing civil servants and (ii) engaging consultants to undertake procurement for his Department in 2011-12.
The total pay costs (including employer's contributions) of employing permanent civil servants to undertake procurement are given in the following table (which also includes the cost of Agency staff during this period):
In 2009-10 the overall number of procurement staff was increased to address a number of performance related issues raised after a review of the Department's procurement capability. During this period agency staff were used as a temporary measure.
The Department’s business plan estimates expenditure of £1.3 million on employing civil servants to undertake procurement in the current year, 2011-12. The Department has no plans to engage consultants to undertake procurement and has made no estimates of the cost of engaging such consultants.
The Department’s procurement team managed £222 million of expenditure in 2010-11. The work involved contract management of existing contractual arrangements and tendering new requirements.