Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:23 pm on 23rd April 2009.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 4:23 pm, 23rd April 2009

My hon. Friend is right to point to the potential savings from collaborative procurement. Some of the work of the operational efficiency programme, the results of which were published the day before the Budget, demonstrate that there is up to a 200 per cent. difference in the price per therm that Departments pay for electricity and gas. Does she agree that such differences must be driven out? Those are potential efficiency savings that would not impact on the front line.

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John Byng
Posted on 28 Apr 2009 10:54 am (Report this annotation)

At last the Government is beginning to realise that local procurement has been taken too far in government.

Gas, electricity, paper, pens, desks, chairs etc could all be bought more cheaply and ethically by a central buying agency. Instead Departments have been encouraged to allow local clerks to wield government credit cards to fill their offices with over priced fripperies. Worse still procurement specialists have been hired on short term contracts with no appreciation of the public service ethos that used to guarantee frugality and freedom from corruption.