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Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which departments have published innovative procurement plans in the last 12 months. (258575)

[holding answer 25 February 2009]: When the ‘Innovation Nation’ White Paper was published in March 2008, we anticipated that Departments would produce their plans in that calendar year. This has not proved practicable, and we have now asked Departments to put their plans in place by the end of the financial year. I can confirm that most major spending Departments expect to have their innovation procurement plans in place by the end of March. DIUS is working closely with the Departments and with the Office for Government Commerce to ensure that the Departments’ plans achieve value for the buying Department while encouraging innovation in business, and to ensure that the effectiveness of the plans is appropriately monitored.