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Commercial Group

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of his Department's Commercial Group in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (247272)

Commercial Group's responsibilities fall under four main areas: Capability and Capacity of Procurement, Estates and Facilities Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Sustainable Development. The Permanent Secretary and his Management Board keep under regular review the Department's performance, including that of Commercial Group.

In addition, a procurement capability review was carried out by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in 2007 which was reviewed again by OGC in 2008. Positive progress was noted as the Department implements its post-review action plan.