To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises with other departments and (b) shared between different organisations within the same department group.
A search to identify the proportional spending on joint procurement exercises both with other Departments, and across the Department and its non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) would incur a disproportionate cost for the Department. This level of information is not recorded separately without further analysis of financial information across the Department and NDPBs.
The Department and its NDPBs fully participate in a number of Government-wide joint procurement exercises, which are led by the Crown Commercial Service (Government Procurement Services). This work supports the development of frameworks and contracts for use by Government Departments relating to common goods and services.