Department for International Development: Procurement

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 65001, what proportion of live contracts held by her Department are the 450 live contracts above the EU threshold; what estimate she has made of the amount of staff time spent overseeing those contracts; how many Senior Responsible Owners there are for those contracts; and how many staff those Senior Responsible Owners manage in relation to monitoring those contracts.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The number of contracts within the Department below the OJEU threshold is not held centrally, they are tracked and managed by individual country offices. The requested proportion cannot, therefore, be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

For live contracts above the EU threshold, each contract has a Senior Responsible Owner. There are currently 640 Senior Responsible Owners for live programmes in DFID. The number of staff managed by the Senior Responsible Owner in relation to monitoring contracts varies. On average there will be at least eight staff members directly involved in the oversight of each contract. The amount of time each staff member will spend varies depending on the type of contract and how it is performing.

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