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Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances her Department awards contracts to outside organisations without undertaking a tendering process. (154033)

Home Office procurement policy is to comply with its legal obligations, including those under the EU procurement rules, and public procurement policy. Goods, works or services are acquired through competitive tendering unless there are convincing reasons to the contrary, and all purchasing should be based on value for money criteria having regard to propriety and regularity.

Tendering processes may be omitted with regard to small, irregular, low value spot purchases such as individual travel and expense transactions where tendering costs outweigh the value for money benefits of a tendering process.