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 the capacity for small and medium-sized enterprises to provide cloud services for government departments.

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

This Government is committed to removing all possible barriers to small businesses in our commercial arrangements, and we have set a target of 33% of central government procurement spend going to small and medium businesses by 2020.

We are already exceeding this target in the provision of cloud services. The G-Cloud framework is now in its eighth iteration offering customer access to over 22,000 services and over 2,300 suppliers, of which 89% are small businesses.

Of the £1.8 billion spent to date, 57% is with small businesses; of the £1.4 billion spent by central Government, 57% has been with small and sized businesses.

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