Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's procurement expenditure was awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) direct procurement and (b) indirect procurement spend in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013; and what the projected proportion is for (A) 2014, (B) 2015 and (C) 2016.

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

The information requested is best provided in the following table:

Percentage of total DWP spend with SME’s
  Direct SME spend Indirect SME spend Total SME spend
2010-11 14.99 1.95 16.94
2011-12* 11.11 5.90 17.01
2012-13** 7.10 8.90 16.00
2013-14 4.20 11.28 15.48
Note: Percentage figures have been rounded to 2 decimal places
Targets for percentage total spend with SME’s
  Spend (%)
2014-15 16
2015-16 18.5
2016-17 21

With around 78% of the Department’s contract expenditure due to be re-tendered in the next 4 years, the Department will undertake a number of activities designed to encourage SME’s to engage with our procurement exercises.

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