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Preferred Suppliers

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many preferred suppliers his Department has; how many such suppliers provide goods or services to the Prison Service; what checks are carried out on putative preferred suppliers to ensure the quality and reliability of their services; what criteria companies and sole traders have to meet in order to become preferred suppliers; and for how long the status of preferred supplier lasts. (111930)

The Prison Service does not hold a preferred suppliers list. All procurement activity is conducted in accordance with the EU Public Procurement Directive.