Government Departments: ICT

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of whether Government Digital Service guidelines on the procurement of cloud services offer similar potential benefits to businesses regardless of size; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Government departments use the G-Cloud framework to procure cloud services. Guidance on the use of this framework, issued jointly by Government Digital Service and Crown Commercial Service, is set out in the G-Cloud buyer’s guide. Our approach is that procurement decisions should be based on the buyer’s service requirements, rather than the size of supplier companies. To date, 57% of total sales by value from all reported G-Cloud sales have been awarded to SMEs.

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