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Police: Procurement

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police force procurement processes are coordinated nationally; and what timetable has been set for achieving such coordination. (273022)

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), with support from the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), has recently completed a detailed analysis of the police service’s spending on goods and services across all 43 forces in England and Wales and the British Transport Police. This is the first review of its kind in the public sector.

As a result of the review, ACPO and the NPIA are taking forward two areas of improvement:

Working with suppliers to increase standardisation of policy, processes and cost drivers (such as the removal of onerous terms and conditions).

Identifying areas of spend that are interchangeable with other providers/suppliers that show the greatest potential benefit from further collaboration and standardisation.

The NPIA and ACPO are finalising the plan for implementation of these improvement areas to capture the most significant efficiency improvements at both a national and regional level.