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Fire Services: Contracts

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account was taken of her Department’s policy of encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in public sector contracts when awarding the contract under the Integrated Clothing Project for the Fire and Rescue Service; and if she will make a statement. (160487)

In line with the Small Business Friendly Concordat, launched by the Office of Deputy Prime Minister, the Local Government Association and the Small Business Service in March 2005, Firebuy Ltd. has actively engaged with Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) and encouraged them to participate in all national tenders.

The preferred bidder for the Integrated Clothing Project is a Small and Medium sized Enterprise.