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Schools: Procurement

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has established the support team for the online procurement tool for schools to date. (247204)

The OPEN e-procurement system is managed by a team that has been established in DCSF. The team are responsible for managing the service on behalf of schools, provided by the OGC’s contract with ProcServe who deliver a framework for provision of this e-procurement system. As part of the Department’s support for schools it has established local educational procurement centres (EPCs) to provide on-the-ground support to schools on a regional basis, facilitating access to and support with the OPEN along with information and guidance to assist schools in understanding their procurement needs and maximise their budget.