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Office of Government Commerce

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings made by the Office of Government Commerce as a result of implementing (a) e-commerce, (b) e-catalogues, (c) corporate cards and (d) e-auctions in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement. (165219)

The following information has been provided by OGC and OGCbuying.solutions and covers each year since 2003-04.

(a) eCommerce (eSourcing savings)

The detail from those customers that have responded with savings based on an approved methodology, identifies savings for the current financial year of £1.065 million.

(b) eCatalogues (eProcurement)

Savings for the current financial year have been estimated to be £110,000.

Savings methods are still being finalised for this service which started trading in summer 2006. The service is going through a significant period of growth and we expect substantial savings to arise from 2008-09 onwards.

(c) Corporate cards (Government Procurement Cards)

The estimated process savings derived from GPC for the years indicated are as follows:

£

2003-04

52,384,584

2004-05

69,356,868

2005-06

86,548,140

2006-07

115,673,264

(d) eAuctions framework

Total number of auctions

Total pre-auction value (£)

Total saving (£)

2003

4

3,371,836

1,007,170

2004

37

93,759,842

19,460,093

2005

62

333,854,589

83,506,922

2006

68

2,011,059,499

281,743,506

2007

60

933,219,709

147,149,598

Total

231

3,375,265,475

532,867,288

In addition, OGC has operated seven collaborative reverse e-auctions since 2005 to procure IT hardware on behalf of a range of public sector organisations. Those auctions have generated estimated savings of £22.45 million.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the Office of Government Commerce's contracts became shared contracts, including by sharing current contracts across central government, in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement. (165220)

OGC has two contracts which are open to central government departments. These are the Financial Analysis Services Framework and Strategic Assignments Consultancy Service Framework.

In addition, OGC is working with Government departments to ensure that their contracts are open for use across Government. Wherever possible, OGC uses framework agreements and shared contracts for domestic procurements. All departments are encouraged to use existing contracts where they represent good value for money.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many events were held by the Office of Government Commerce in each year since 2003-04; how much was spent on those events was; and if he will make a statement. (165222)

OGC holds a number of events on an annual basis. Examples of which include conferences, seminars, and workshops.

Number of events

Cost

2003-04

39

253,920

2004-05

43

392,828

2005-06

43

185,001

2006-07

22

66,556

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procurement savings have been achieved by the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions since 2003-04; in respect of which support services they were achieved; and if he will make a statement. (165227)

OGCbuying.solutions provides customers in the public sector with a tried and tested route to the procurement of high quality, value-for-

money goods and services.

Performance against savings target as follows:

£ million

Target

Actual

2003-04

120

152

2004-05

300

321

2005-06

400

412

2006-07

500

516