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Departmental Contracts

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts let by his Department were awarded to businesses with fewer than 50 employees in each of the last five years; and what the monetary value of such contracts was in each such year. (287800)

The Department does not request or hold any central or local information on the number of staff in each of its suppliers. The number of staff in a supplier may vary over a period. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.