||<p>It is our policy to award contracts on the basis of value for money, whilst doing
everything we can to encourage UK suppliers, and UK SME's in particular, to win business.
This is achieved through competitive tender in accordance with public procurement
legislation.</p><p> </p><p>The department has seven cloud-hosting contracts, of which
five have been awarded to UK SMEs and zero have been awarded to hyperscale providers.
The total value of the contracts awarded to SMEs is £162,256.</p>