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Zanzibar eProcurement Service

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of her Department’s contracts with suppliers are handled through the Zanzibar eProcurement Service; and what estimate she has made of the resultant savings achieved in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09. (252704)

Four of our supplier contracts are currently handled through the Zanzibar eProcurement Service. For Communities electronic purchase to pay systems are most suitable for low value high volume requirements and the department uses Zanzibar to handle stationery, IT consumables and temporary agency staff.

Savings from electronic purchase to pay systems were estimated, for the purpose of building a business case, at £41 for each transaction. Zanzibar provides catalogue hosting and management for our electronic purchase to pay systems. The future use of Zanzibar is currently being reviewed in the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate her Department has made of the potential annual saving which would result from the full-scale implementation of the Zanzibar eProcurement Service; (252705)

(2) what initiatives, procedures or training programmes her Department has to ensure the take-up of the Zanzibar eProcurement Service by (a) agencies and non-departmental public bodies within her Department and (b) local authorities.

The Department is currently reviewing the use of the Zanzibar eProcurement Service and there are no plans to roll out the service to its agencies and non-departmental bodies or local authorities.