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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I am determined that the public sector embraces the huge opportunities for better public services at lower cost provided by technology. That is why last week I announced five new public sector challenges from the GovTech innovation fund and why I am also leading the development of a public services innovation strategy to be published next spring.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I know that she is committed to this issue. We, too, are committed to using emerging technologies to improve the quality of care for patients and to empower staff. Under one of the GovTech challenges last week, we are working with a healthcare trust to ensure prescriptions are not interrupted when people move between care providers and, as Members...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My right hon. Friend raises an important point. Under the GovTech innovation fund, in collaboration with Monmouthshire County Council, we are working to investigate a solution to identify vehicles with spare capacity to tackle loneliness and rural isolation. That is another example of the great potential of technology to help to alleviate loneliness across society and to support people in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, and I would be happy to discuss the example that he has raised. Local authorities have frequently bid for these GovTech funds. As I said, Monmouthshire County Council has been successful, as have local authorities in Northern Ireland, and I encourage others to make a bid when the next round opens shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Government Digital Service is committed to ensuring full accessibility to all public services, including in our home nation languages, and it will certainly look into that point.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My right hon. and learned Friend is absolutely correct, and this is a perfect example of how we can use technology. Indeed, in my experience many GP surgeries already use methods such as text messages to prompt people not to miss their appointments. He will have seen from recent announcements that the Health Secretary is genuinely committed, as are the Government, to investing large sums of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Specifically on Verify, I would urge the hon. Lady not to read everything that is being speculated on in the newspapers. The Government are committed to ensuring secure online digital identities, and Verify has already delivered for 2.7 million people. More broadly, let us take the example of gov.uk, which has had 5.1 billion sessions and 15.2 billion page views. That did not happen when the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Steel Procurement (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Government are clear that we will do all we can to support our steel industry. The publication of indicative pipelines of Government steel requirements, alongside revised procurement guidance, ensures that United Kingdom steel producers have the best possible chance of competing for major public sector contracts. We will be reporting on our performance later this year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Steel Procurement (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I am happy to update the hon. Gentleman on that point. I have consulted with the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Richard Harrington). He has written to Departments over the summer reminding them of that duty. We are reiterating our commitment to produce that information before the end of the year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend, as ever, makes a strong case for his region. The Places for Growth programme demonstrates our commitment to rebalancing the economy by moving Government jobs away from London and the south-east, and the One Public Estate programme is supporting this collaboration. I am pleased to say specifically that the Devon and Torbay partnership expects to deliver 288 jobs and land for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I know my hon. Friend’s long-standing commitment to this cause. We are committed to delivering value for money for the taxpayer by extending best procurement practice into the wider public sector. The Crown Commercial Service, which manages procurement of common goods and services for both central Government and the wider public sector, including the NHS, has already delivered more than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point. The homelessness and rough sleeping implementation taskforce, which is chaired by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and on which I serve, supports the Government’s cross-Government strategy, which was announced earlier this summer. The taskforce is also monitoring the implementation of the new Homelessness...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Although trade unions of course play an important role in the modern workplace, facility time in the public sector must represent value for money, which is why we have taken a transparent approach to it. We estimate that more than £120 million is being spent on it. Departments and Government agencies must seek to reduce that spending, as I am pleased...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Government remain strongly committed to having an effective civil service. Thanks to funds provided by the Government, we now employ 7,000 more civil servants to deal with Brexit. With the pay settlements that we are reaching on a Department-by-Department basis, we are ensuring that civil servants are properly rewarded.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: We are clear that we will do everything that we can to support our precious steel industry. All central Government Departments are now required to evaluate the social and economic benefits of procurement decisions, alongside price. That has meant that the UK’s steel producers are now in the best possible position to compete for Government work, and UK steel suppliers are able to compete...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we are determined to continue to level the playing field so that they can compete for Government contracts. That is why in April I announced a number of measures to help achieve that and have recently met the Government’s strategic suppliers and Ministers in several Departments to ensure that those measures are delivered.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: As my hon. Friend will know, small businesses generate more than 16 million jobs and we are determined to level the playing field so that those in coastal towns such as Southend get their fair share of prosperity and win Government contracts. I encourage businesses in Southend to look on Contracts Finder, on which more than 17,000 small businesses are already registered, for procurement...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. It is crucial to ensure that we have a diverse supplier base. We have made a number of changes to the Government procurement processes to assist small businesses, including requiring prime contractors to advertise subcontracting opportunities on the Government Contracts Finder. We also divide contracts into separate lots, including by region, when that...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: We already require buying authorities to disaggregate contracts so that small and medium-sized enterprises can compete. However, there will, of course, be contracts in which disaggregation would affect value for money. That is why we recently announced that when large contractors are successful, they will be required to advertise those subcontracting opportunities on Contracts Finder, so that...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: As the hon. Lady will know, the Cabinet Office has extensive processes to ensure successful procuring. If she is questioning the overall purpose of procuring, I refer her to the comments made earlier by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office. In addition, research shows that public authorities save at least 11% by contracting out services. That means more money for health...


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