To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c) via framework agreements and (d) via a tendering process involving the use of a pre-qualification questionnaire in each of the last three years.
A search to identify the proportion and value of the Department's contracts that have been let under restricted procedure, by the open procedure, via framework agreements and via a tendering process involving the use of pre-qualification questionnaire would incur a disproportionate cost for the Department. The information of value of contracts let and procurement route used is currently recorded separately and cannot be provided without further detailed analysis.
The Department's default policy position is to make full use of existing Government-wide contracts and framework agreements for the procurement of common goods and services. The Department eliminated the routine use of pre-qualification questionnaires in 2012, in line with Government policy.