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Non-Profit Making Associations

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what his Department’s (a) procurement and (b) tendering policy is in respect of social enterprises; (186653)

(2) how many contracts his Department has with social enterprises; and what the value of each of those contracts is.

Businesses that are awarded contracts by the Cabinet Office are not currently required to state whether they are social enterprises and no detailed central record of contracts awarded is held. Therefore the information for the department as a whole is available only at disproportionate cost.

Since 1 April 2007, the Office of the Third Sector within the Cabinet Office has contracted with a number of social enterprises and social enterprise representative bodies either as strategic partners and/or for other services including:


Cats Pyjamas

Co-operatives UK

Development Trusts Association

The Innovation Exchange


Plunkett Foundation


School for Social Entrepreneurs

Social Enterprise Coalition

Social Enterprise London

Social Firms UK

Society Media

Striding Out

The total value of the contracts and grants awarded to the social enterprises since 1 April 2007 is £3,583,300.