Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office spend with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been reported in the Cabinet Office report ‘Making Government business more accessible to SMEs—One Year On’:

The FCO procurement group works to remove barriers for SMEs wishing to compete for FCO contracts. For the financial year 2011-12, approximately 20% of FCO procurement in the UK by value was awarded to businesses that it can classify SMEs.

Procurement of contracts under a value of £80,000 is devolved to 270 posts around the world; there is no central record of all contracts awarded globally and this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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