Attorney General: Contracts

Attorney General written question – answered on 18th July 2022.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Attorney General, how many contracts that are worth (a) between £1 million and £3 million and (b) over £3 million their (i) Department and (ii) Department’s agencies and non-departmental public bodies (A) have agreed since 2010 and (B) are due to agree within the next 12 months; how much their Department has spent on monitoring each contract in each year since 2010; and how many officials have been working on that monitoring in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Solicitor-General

Details of Government contracts valued between £10,000 and £25,000 are published on Contracts Finder. As Contracts Finder was implemented in 2016, not all records before this period are held centrally.

The Government Legal Department, (GLD) frequently award contracts to support legal work, the size, nature and timing of these awards is uncertain, and it is not possible to ascertain how many of £1m - £3m or more than £3m will be agreed in the next 12 months.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) estimate 8 contracts will be between £1m to £3m and 10 above £3m over the next 12 months.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are not able to provide this information due to commercial sensitivity.

The information on how much departments spend on monitoring the contracts or how many staff have monitored the contracts is not held.

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