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Government confirms deadlines for procurement reform
The government has outlined the dates by which it intends to have put in place its planned public sector procurement reforms.
Information from the Cabinet Office's new departmental business plans, as highlighted by Supply Management, show that the government plans to deliver on its aim of 25 per cent of contract spend going to small to medium-sized enterprises by March 2013.
Its new 120-day deadline for delivery of all but the most complex purchases has also been set for March 2013, while the scheme to publish sectoral pipeline reports detailing potential upcoming procurements will be complete by October this year.
Minister for government policy Oliver Letwin said: "Instead of announcing ambiguous goals and far-away targets, we have set out exactly what we are going to do and by when."
This comes in the same week that major new procurement reforms for the NHS were announced, which are expected to deliver savings of around £1.2 billion.
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