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Health written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts issued by his Department were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011-12; what proportion that figure represents of all contracts let; and what the monetary value was of such contracts.

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

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.

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