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'Serious concerns remain' over Home Office procurement

29 May 2012

Concerns remain about the efficiency of the Home Office's procurement strategy, despite the fact that it managed to save £75 million over the first three quarters of the 2011-12 financial year.

According to a new report from the Home Affairs Committee, MPs are still worried about the scope of private sector involvement in procurement work.

Committee chairman and Labour MP Keith Vaz said that privatisation in areas such as the police force needs to be dealt with "very carefully ... some functions simply cannot be outsourced".

However, he acknowledged that serious and innovative changes need to be made to the current system if the Home Office is to find savings of £1.8 billion.

Procurement expert Colin Cram, former director of the North West Centre of Excellence, told the Guardian recently that the public sector needs to change how it goes about acquiring necessary stock.

"The evidence that public sector procurement can benefit national economies through supporting innovation is increasingly compelling," argued Mr Cram.

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