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Departmental Contracts

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what mechanisms she plans to ensure that prime contractors in respect of work choice programmes include third sector and small and medium-sized enterprises as sub-contractors in their bids for contracts. (320076)

[holding answer 2 March 2010]: Prime contractors will be expected to ensure that DWP provision is joined up with local partnership arrangements, working with smaller, specialist providers many of whom will be Third Sector or voluntary organisations dealing with disadvantaged groups in the local area.

Two networking events were held in September 2009 to facilitate bringing together smaller specialist organisations and potential Work Choice Prime providers. Nearly 600 people attended these events.