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Heseltine's CPO recommendation approved by government

20 March 2013

Lord Heseltine's suggestion that Whitehall departments should appoint their own chief procurement officer (CPO) has received the backing of the government.

In its official response to the veteran Conservative politician's 2012 report on economic growth, No Stone Unturned, the coalition endorsed his proposal to improve public sector procurement through the use of individual CPOs.

"The government agrees with Lord Heseltine that, where appropriate, departments and significant agencies should recruit chief procurement officers to lead on procurement," the response stated.

It also revealed plans to build a reporting network between the government's overall CPO and commercial directors from April this year in order to "strengthen focus on pan-government objectives and improve performance management".

In his report, which was published in October 2012 and made a total of 89 recommendations for driving economic growth, Lord Heseltine said every department should recruit its own CPO at "competitive market rates" to improve buying processes and strengthen spending controls.

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