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Forward Commitment Procurement Model

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to develop the Forward Commitment Procurement Model for wider use in public sector procurement. (255915)

In November, DIUS launched the Innovation for Sustainability Competition to identify and develop Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) projects in the public sector. The programme is designed to have a multiplier effect by creating a portfolio of FCP projects which can be used as exemplars and a broad base of public sector leaders and professionals who understand and can promote FCP approaches to sustainability and innovation.

We are working with BERR and OGC to take forward the recommendations of the recent report by Anne Glover—“Accelerating the SME Economic Engine”, including wider use of outcome-based specifications across the public sector, for example through use of FCP.