Public Procurement and the Civil Society Strategy - Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:46 pm on 23rd May 2019.

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Photo of Baroness McGregor-Smith Baroness McGregor-Smith Conservative 3:46 pm, 23rd May 2019

My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their excellent contributions. I am passionate about how we can do more to improve public procurement, and how we can use social value to help us. We all know that lowest price on public procurement does not work any more, and that we need to do more on social value. I particularly welcome the recommendations from the British Standards Institute, including an increased weighting on social value, improving the delivery of contracts, thinking more about local commissioning and partnerships, extending this to all of our public spend and really thinking about front payment. I particularly enjoyed my noble friend Lord Maude’s comments, in which he discussed “liberated and empowered workforces”—which, for someone like me who ran a very large provider, is an incredibly important thing to really bring to life.

So I hope that we can all work together to help improve public procurement and ensure that the ambition of the Civil Service strategy can be achieved. I beg to move.

Motion agreed.

House adjourned at 3.47 pm.