James Cleverly call on Government to help SME businesses win Government contracts

James Cleverly speaking in the House of CommonsJames Cleverly questions the First Secretary on Government efforts to help SME businesses, such as those in Braintree, to win Government contracts

Topical Questions

James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)

T1. If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. [900937]

The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Damian Green)

This month we celebrate the first year of our world-leading national cyber security strategy. A major milestone has been successfully establishing the National Cyber Security Centre. [Interruption.] It has shown that it plays a vital role in providing cyber security to keep our country safe. The NCSC responded to 590 significant incidents, more than 30 of which were sufficiently serious to require a cross-government response. Our five-year national cyber strategy is working to defend our people, businesses and assets, deter our adversaries, and develop the skills and capabilities we need. [Interruption.]​

Mr Speaker

Order. There is a very large number of intense private conversations taking place in the Chamber, but the voice of Braintree must be heard. I call Mr James Cleverly.

James Cleverly

The vast majority of private sector employment in my constituency of Braintree is in small to medium-sized enterprises. What steps are the Government taking to make it easier for SMEs to bid for and successfully win Government contracts?

Damian Green

My hon. Friend is completely right about the importance of SMEs, which is why we have taken a number of steps to enable them to access Government contracts more easily, including by putting in place the Contracts Finder website and a requirement for all public sector buyers to have 30-day payment terms in their contracts.

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