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Government departments 'ignoring procurement directions'

16 May 2013

The Cabinet Office's procurement directions are not being passed down through government departments. 

This is according to Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, who claimed poor reporting links and the reluctance of senior civil servants to change is causing the problem, Supply Management reports.

Appearing before the Public Administration Select Committee on May 13th, he said that while central purchasing of common goods and services has increased, more progress is required. 

"You can’t have a functioning organisation where a decision [is] collectively made [that] people in the departments feel able to ignore," he told the committee. 

He added that while government chief operating officer Stephen Kelly and chief procurement officer Bill Crothers have set a clear director for the commercial service, it quickly becomes "very dispersed".

To tackle this issue, Mr Maude told the committee he will take charge of ensuring the links between the Cabinet Office central team and the various commercial directors are strengthened.

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