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.
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.