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Removal of tables from trade industry and contracts statistical bulletin
Within the trade, industry and contracts bulletin, the MOD currently publishes information on MOD contracting with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and balance of payments for ‘trade in services’.
In the publication, this relates to:
Figure 9: direct expenditure with SMEs
Figure 10: new contracts let with SMEs
Figure 16: MOD estimated balance of payments for trade in services
Defence Statistics are removing these tables from the 2018 Trade Industry and Contracts bulletin as data quality issues means they do not meet the quality standards required for an Official Statistic.
MOD contracting with SMEs: In 2017/18, the SME status of approximately 7,000 (52%) MOD direct suppliers has not been assessed. This continues an ongoing lack of assessment of new suppliers and means that Defence Statistics would again be publishing a reducing level of direct spend with SMEs; this does not necessarily reflect the true level of contracting that the department has directly with SMEs, rather just that there is an increasing number of suppliers for whom their SME status has not been assessed.
Balance of payments for trade in services: The introduction of a new computer system within MOD Contracting, Purchasing and Finance has resulted in Defence Statistics being unable to identify whether some types of expenditure relate to goods or services. We are no longer satisfied that the quality of this data allows us to make robust estimates of how the expenditure should be allocated to produce this table.
Defence Statistics will continue to work closely with colleagues to try and improve the quality of these 2 data sources and, if successful, the production of these tables may be resumed in future publications of the bulletin.