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Procurement

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Conservative, Sittingbourne and Sheppey

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The estimated cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement is as follows:

£ million
2008-09 0.8
2009-10 0.7
2010-11 0.4
2011-12 0.4

Consultants are only engaged to provide specialist commercial advice on particular projects where this is not available in-house, and may also be used in the procurement process itself where suitable expertise is not available in-house. The use of these consultants, regardless of value, is subject to a strict set of approval procedures, and prior approval must be sought in all cases. The work involved in researching the finance systems to identify this expenditure in past years, and in consulting all business units to analyse and forecast expenditure for 2011-12 would incur disproportionate costs.

The total cost of consultancy is published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts, available in the House of Commons Library and on the Cabinet Office website:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/cabinet-office-annual-reports-and-accounts

The amounts are as follows:

£000
2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Administration 8,732 19,467 7,025
Programme 10,584 8,036 2,107
Total 19,316 27,503 9,132

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