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Public Sector: Procurement

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the merits of proposals to introduce a single on-line pre-qualification questionnaire for small businesses to access public procurement projects. (249843)

The Glover Committee report, “Accelerating the SME Economic Engine” published on the HMT website in November 2008, made 12 recommendations to improve SME access to public procurement including:

“Qualification criteria that are not specific to a sector should be standardised and incorporated in all pre-qualification questionnaires so that businesses do not need to repeatedly submit the same core information in different formats.”

Government are currently implementing these recommendations.