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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Billing (18 Dec 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Government contracts make provision for the use of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) and departments have committed to use PBAs on their construction projects unless there are compelling reasons not to. The greatest use of PBAs is in DfT within Highways England and through Defra in the Environment Agency. It is for individual departments to monitor the PBA as appropriate to their contracts

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Billing (28 Jan 2019)

Oliver Dowden: Following a public consultation in 2018, the standard of paying 95% of invoices within 60 days across both a supplier’s private and public sector business was deemed a suitable indicator of overall performance. There are a series of questions a supplier is expected to respond to about their payment practices and performance if they bid for a major Government contract from 1 September onwards.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Procurement (16 Jul 2018)

Oliver Dowden: This Government is committed to supporting small businesses and we aspire for 33% of Government spending to go to SMEs. In April I announced a number of measures to help achieve this, and we have already streamlined our procurement processes to assist small businesses, and we continue to focus on breaking down the barriers that might deter SMEs from bidding for Government contracts.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Service Leadership Academy (16 Oct 2018)

Oliver Dowden: A) As promised in the Budget 2017, government set up a Public Services Leadership Taskforce to advise on the role of leadership development in improving productivity and outcomes across public services. The Taskforce was chaired by Sir Gerry Grimstone and has made excellent progress with its discussions. B) The Taskforce plan to publish their recommendations shortly and Government will...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Contracts (25 Jul 2019)

Oliver Dowden: From July 2019, Ministers have introduced an enhanced approvals process where all business cases with rates of £750 per day and above will require ministerial approval. The information regarding the number of contractors employed by the Cabinet Office in the last two years with a day rate of more than £750 is not held centrally and could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (4 Nov 2015)

Oliver Dowden: I welcome the fact that the proposed powers update the existing investigatory powers to reflect the existence of new technologies such as Facebook Messenger, which were not even thought of a decade ago, but what reassurance can the Home Secretary give the House that the Bill will be future-proofed so that we do not have to return to the issue very rapidly?

Schools that Work for Everyone (12 Sep 2016)

Oliver Dowden: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s commitment to greater freedom for faith schools, including Yavneh in my constituency, which is the best performing comprehensive in the entire country. It forms part of a diverse mix in Hertsmere that includes part-selective schools. Does she agree that it is that diversity that is driving up standards, and is she committed to maintaining that diversity?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Digital Service: Staff (15 Oct 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Information about the workforce of my department, including diversity statistics, is published as part of this Government's transparency commitment and I refer the honourable member to those sources of information, which can be found at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwor k/publicsectorpersonnel/datasets/civilservicestatistics . It is not the policy of my Department...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Early Years Ministerial Group On Family Support (7 Jan 2020)

Oliver Dowden: The previous Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, laid out the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Early Years on 16 July 2019. This Government is fully committed to supporting working families, and their children. Relevant Secretaries of State will take into account the work of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Early Years as the government moves forward with this...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cybercrime (20 Mar 2018)

Oliver Dowden: HM Government cyber security awareness campaigns are underpinned by qualitative and quantitative research to ensure effective targeting and drive individuals and organisations to improve their cyber security behaviours. The Cabinet Office has received advice from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014. This has enabled the Department to add to its evidence base to support behavioural...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Pay (23 Jul 2018)

Oliver Dowden: In preparation for this year’s Civil Service Pay Remit Guidance, officials met with trade union representatives on a number of occasions. Additionally I met with the General Secretaries of the FDA, Prospect and PCS trade unions on 27th June. Departments set pay strategies appropriate to their workforce and the public services they deliver; they consult with trade unions as appropriate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2019)

Oliver Dowden: As my hon. Friend knows, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we are determined to level the playing field so that they can win Government contracts. That is why, for example, we have introduced tough new prompt payment requirements and simplified the procurement process, and through our digital marketplace we have spent £2.5 billion, with £1.28 in every £3 going to SMEs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Jan 2016)

Oliver Dowden: Thousands of hard-working people from Radlett, Elstree and Borehamwood rely, like me, on Thameslink to get into London every day. We are utterly despairing at the ever declining service under the new franchisee. What reassurance can the Minister give us that Govia Thameslink will be held to account for those failures and what hope can he provide for future improvements to the service?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Procurement (26 Feb 2018)

Oliver Dowden: We expect suppliers to mitigate appropriately against any real or perceived conflict of interest through their work with government. A supplier with a position of influence gained through a contract should not use that position to unfairly disadvantage any other supplier or reduce the potential for future competition, for example by creating a technical solution that locks in the supplier’s...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Crown Commercial Service: Recruitment (27 Feb 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The recruitment campaign is currently being planned. This is a key role in the Civil Service and we hope to attract a wide range of talent to apply. Cabinet Office and CCS are committed to following the recruitment principles set out by the Civil Service Commission. The current Chief Executive will be in post until July. We will work to ensure an orderly transition.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Data Protection (19 Mar 2018)

Oliver Dowden: It has been the policy of successive Governments not to comment on specific security controls. Guidance is set for Departments on the protection of all Government assets within the Security Policy Framework. It is then up to each Department to have policies and procedures in place. Leaks of any Government information or material are not acceptable and the Government takes such incidents...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Capita (16 May 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Public service delivery has not been affected by Capita’s announcements to date. My officials are in regular discussions with Capita’s leadership who have assured us that it remains committed to delivering its public sector contracts. Responsibility for monitoring service delivery sits within individual contracting authorities. For strategic suppliers, departments work with the Crown...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (16 May 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend raises a very important point. We are determined that the public sector uses technology to improve services. Indeed, just last week I announced the first GovTech challenges to help tech firms to create innovative, cutting-edge solutions to public service challenges. The first seeks to use artificial intelligence solutions to identify recruitment images that are created by Daesh...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Innovation (14 Nov 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I am determined that government harnesses the power of technology to deliver better public services. That’s why we are developing an Innovation Strategy for public services to be published next Spring and why I spoke at the GovTech Summit in Paris earlier this week. And in October, the latest round of the GovTech innovation fund opened. Ten challenges have already been selected for funding.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Public Appointments (21 May 2019)

Oliver Dowden: The Government Digital Service (GDS) Information Assurance (IA) Team focuses on risks to the digital services that GDS builds and uses, as well as the data those services handle. GDS and Cabinet Office require specialist security support in the building and running of our own digital products and internal operations. This role will provide subject matter expertise for cyber and information...


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