Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In the timeframe for this question, the Department has let many of its contracts via cross-Government arrangements put in place by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), formerly the Government Procurement Service. Thus the need to enter into collaborative procurement exercises with other Government Departments has been minimal. Going forward, the restructuring of the DWP's commercial function where some of our contract teams migrate directly to CCS will mean this trend will continue and is likely to increase. Those categories that remain under DWP control may be sufficiently distinct to this Department to make the need for collaboration with other Departments less likely.

Of the contracts the Department for Work and Pensions let during the period 1 April 2010 to 13 January 2014:

(a) four were let via collaborative exercises with other Government Departments. The proportion of the overall contracts value was less than 1%.

(b) 48 contracts included access for organisations within the Department for Work and Pensions group. The proportion of the overall contracts value was 52%.

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