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Departmental Procurement

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations of the Glover Report in its procurement processes. (287135)

The Department is making good progress in implementing the recommendations of the Glover Report, “Accelerating the SME Economic Engine”. In particular:

(a) The Department already makes use of a free portal “Supply2gov.uk” for advertising its contract opportunities, which attracts a wide range of SMEs.

(b) Electronic issuing of tender documentation is standard practice, which is inclusive of the publication of contract award notices.

(c) The Department has invested in new systems which allow us to track and map spend annually with SME’s since 2006-07. Presently 27.5 per cent. of spend goes through SMEs, close to the recommended target of 30 per cent. over the next five years.

The Department has also made progress with the other recommendations within the report, having completed its procurement innovation plan. We are also making progress in using more outcome based specifications.