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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold complete information on the number of contracts awarded to small and medium sized entities in 2011-12. The amount of expenditure incurred with small and medium-sized entities in 2011-12 and the total level of procurement spend by the Department and its non-departmental public bodies will be published before the summer recess in DECC's departmental accounts. This information is available on a quarterly basis in DECC's Quarterly Data Summaries, which can be found at the following link:
A number of actions are in train to improve the identification of contracts and expenditure with small and medium-sized entities, including the use of a spend analysis tool developed by the Government Procurement Service (Bravo Solutions). This tool links departmental spend to suppliers with Dunn and Bradstreet data to identify small and medium-sized enterprises.