Government Procurement

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11 February 2015.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office 11:30, 11 February 2015

I am delighted that my hon. Friend has raised this point about supporting businesses in the Isle of Wight; he has been a huge and doughty champion of businesses in his constituency. We have made public procurement more transparent and accessible. We have published tenders and contracts through the contracts finder website—and we shall be launching a much-improved version of that very soon. We have simplified how procurement takes place to take away some of the bureaucracy that looked like it was designed to stop small businesses competing for, and winning, business. There is much more we can and will do.