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Public Expenditure: Small Businesses

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department monitors the proportion of Government spending on public sector contracts which goes to small businesses. (257845)

HM Treasury does not currently monitor this. However, the Glover report, “Accelerating the SME Economic Engine” published on the HMT website in November 2008, made 12 recommendations to improve SMEE access to public procurement including:

“The committee recommends that all central Government departments should report annually on the value of their contract spend with SMEs.”

Government are currently implementing all the recommendations of the Glover report.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training the Office of Government Commerce provides for public procurement managers on dealing with consortia of small businesses tendering for public contracts. (257846)

In response to the recommendations of the Glover report, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is working on a number of projects to make it easier for small and medium sized enterprises to supply the public sector. One of the projects to be delivered this year has a specific focus on advising and training procurers and will cover the issue of consortia bidding. This area is also covered in OGC’s supply chain management guidance which is available on the OGC website.