Public Procurement: Small Businesses: 6th July 2016

Sir Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk) (Con)
13. What plans he has to work with the Scottish Government on ensuring that more public procurement is directed towards small businesses; and if he will make a statement. [905605]

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry)
Procurement has been an important part of the Government’s work. We are determined to deliver our target of central Departments spending 33% of their budgets with small and medium-sized enterprises by 2020. The last set of results showed that we were increasing the proportion to 27.1%.
Sir Henry Bellingham
Does the Minister agree that rather than setting specific percentage targets for small business procurement, the Scottish Government should follow best practices in counties such as Norfolk, and also work in close co-operation with the United Kingdom Government?

Anna Soubry
The short answer—I know you enjoy those, Mr Speaker—is an emphatic yes.