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Public sector procurement 'must be open and centralised'

28 March 2013

Senior procurement officials have called for government buying to be fully centralised and details of supplier contracts to be opened up.

Speaking at this week's Public Administration Select Committee hearing, chief procurement officer Bill Crothers and the Cabinet Office's chief operating officer Stephen Kellly voiced their ideas about reforms to public sector procurement.

Mr Crothers said a lack of transparency on spending between departments currently means the real margins made by commercial suppliers are often obscured. He said details of all supply contracts should be made public because "perfect competition requires perfect information", the Guardian reports.

Meanwhile, Mr Kelly advocated the formation of a centralised procurement service as a way to provide better value for taxpayers and prevent some suppliers receiving "supernormal profits".

Earlier this month, CIPS chief executive David Noble told the committee that the procurement function should be more "defined" within government and given greater authority to improve performance in the public sector.

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Categories: Central Government, Procurement & Supply Chain

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