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Civil Servants: Procurement

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Conservative, Sittingbourne and Sheppey

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.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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):

£
2008-9 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Permanent staff 732,141 1,140,377 1,347,115 1,335,000
Agency staff 42,247 44,306 10,145 0
Total staff 774,388 1,184,683 1,357,260 1,335,000

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.

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