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Public Sector: Procurement

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of (a) central and (b) local government contracts required to be advertised on Tenders Electronic Daily, the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union in the last 12 months. (312160)

The current thresholds are:

Supply and Service Contracts

Local Authorities - £156,442

Central Government - £101,323

Works Contracts

All authorities - £3,927,260

Works contracts cover capital construction projects, buildings, roads and their repair. Supplies contracts will be for the purchase or lease of food, goods and other equipment. Services cover the balance and include maintenance services, transport, insurance, consultancy, waste disposal and others. The higher threshold for works contracts reflects the higher cost of construction contracts.