To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64997, on procurement, what estimate she has made of the total budget for managing procurement in each year since 2010.
The budget for Core Defra’s procurement function for each of the financial years from 2010-11 is shown below.
A corporate services transformation programme is ongoing within Defra. The first stage of this transformation for procurement saw teams from Animal & Plant Health Agency, Natural England and Marine Maritime Organisation transferred into Defra on 1st October 2014. This meant a 57% increase in headcount in core Defra, and resulted in increased procurement budgets for 2015-16 and 2016-17.