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Departmental Procurement

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of procurement contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies awarded to small businesses in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08, (iii) 2008-09 and (iv) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. (293245)

Information on sizes of companies is not currently recorded on our management information system, Prism, although in accordance with the recommendations of the Glover report we are currently changing our processes to capture this information.

We are unable at this time to generate a report containing information on Foreign and Commonwealth Office contracts with small businesses which means the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.