I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 77 together.
I refer to the Deputy’s PQ46279 and 46280 on the number of procurement officers and the annual cost of these officers with responsibility of preparing, tendering and awarding procurement contracts in the department.
The Department does not employ whole time procurement officers. Procurement is undertaken throughout the department by officers within the business units responsible for the relevant services or through the Office of Government Procurement who source goods and services on behalf of public bodies.
Information is not collated on the resources employed in each procurement activity either within this department or on our behalf by the Office of Government Procurement.