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The Department provides monthly reports about procurement expenditure with small and. medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the Cabinet Office. For 2011-12, the cumulative value of this expenditure, excluding Connecting for Health, with SMEs was £81.9 million, which represents 18.3%, as a proportion of the equivalent expenditure on goods and services with third parties of £446.2 million.
The number and total value of contracts issued by the Department relating to this spend information is not available. To provide that information would incur a disproportionate cost.
To provide the same information on spend, the number and total value of contracts with SMEs by Connecting for Health would incur a disproportionate cost due to the nature of their procurement system.