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Overseas Aid

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 993W, on overseas aid, what his Department's definition of a low value contract is. (228693)

The answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 993W, referred to ‘low value contracts’ issued under delegated authority by the Department for International Development's (DFID) various UK departments and overseas offices. Our definition of low value contracts are those contracts issued with a financial value below the EU threshold for services (currently set at £90,319). The majority of low value contracts let under delegated authority have a value below £25,000.