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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Recruitment (23 Apr 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Civil Service chose to adopt the Ban the Box initiative in February 2016. The Cabinet Office issued guidance for departmental recruitment and HR teams to support departments to ensure their recruitment practices were in line with the Ban the Box initiative. For many organisations, the guidance formalised the good practice which already operated across the Civil Service. Departments have...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Departmental Coordination (8 Mar 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Standardisation and convergence of processes enables the successful delivery of shared services. The Shared Services Strategy for Government, published January 2018, establishes the intention for process and data convergence across government; with departments adopting modern technology platforms for their back office, and to 'cluster' around these platforms for increasingly convergent shared...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Procurement: Commonwealth (24 Jul 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Crown Commercial Service and the department for International Trade are leading a programme of work to ensure the UK continues to benefit from reciprocal access to international public procurement markets after we leave the EU. This includes seeking independent UK membership of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), a plurilateral agreement between 19 parties, including Canada...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Computer Software (24 Jan 2019)

Oliver Dowden: The Government Digital Service (GDS) provides government departments with guidance on selecting technology through the Technology Code of Practice. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technology-code-o f-practice/technology-code-of-practice Individual technology choices and volumes purchased rest with individual departments. As such, GDS does not...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Welsh Language (21 Mar 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Cabinet Office has worked with the Welsh Language Commissioner to develop its scheme. Under the principle of equality the Cabinet Office will write in Welsh to an individual, group or organisation which we know works mainly in Welsh, or which has already notified us that it prefers to receive letters in Welsh. It will also respond in Welsh following a face-to face meeting or telephone...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Procurement (20 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: This information is not centrally held, as each department is responsible for its own procurement. Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive. Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at:...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Food Banks (27 Jun 2019)

Oliver Dowden: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 17 June 2019. The correct answer should have been: We are not aware that any department has plans to open a foodbank. The Government is committed to ensuring our democracy is robust, trusted and open so all those who are eligible can participate with confidence. We have convened partners in local authorities and homeless...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Procurement (24 May 2018)

Oliver Dowden: In answer to this line of questioning at the PACAC hearing on 9 May, John Manzoni (not the Minister for Cabinet Office) stated that when contracts are renegotiated social value is among the factors taken into account. Following the Carillion insolvency, the Cabinet Office is carrying out an internal lessons learned exercise, in order to establish what, if any, changes to public outsourcing...

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

Oliver Dowden: On November 29, I announced a new prompt payment initiative to ensure all Government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from being paid on time. For the first time, failure of companies to demonstrate prompt payment to their suppliers could result in them being prevented from winning government contracts. Coming into force on 1 September 2019, this will ensure the government only does...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Procurement (27 Feb 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The scope of Open Book Contract Management (OBCM) is dependent on the type of contract and the level to which it is applied. In contracts where there is risk and complexity, and a significant delivery role for sub-contractors, information about payment to them, and the assumed margins, could form part of OBCM activities, where these were considered to be part of the commercial drivers of the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Prison Officers: Retirement (2 Jul 2018)

Oliver Dowden: HM Treasury published an Impact Assessment in September 2012 on the Public Service Pensions Bill, which later became the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. This Act links the Normal Pension Age for public sector workers (including prison officers) to the State Pension Age. This is important to ensure the Normal Pension Age for public service schemes remains in line with developments in...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Prison Officers: Retirement (4 Jul 2018)

Oliver Dowden: HM Treasury published an Impact Assessment in September 2012 on the Public Service Pensions Bill, which later became the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. This Act links the Normal Pension Age for public sector workers (including prison officers) to the State Pension Age. This is important to ensure the Normal Pension Age for public service schemes remains in line with developments in...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Contracts (30 Jan 2019)

Oliver Dowden: The Cabinet Office contracts its third party cleaning to Interserve FM ltd Under a Total Facilities Management Contract (TFM) the service provider Interserve FM ltd are required to deliver Hard (mechanical & electrical, building fabric) and Soft (cleaning, catering, security, postroom, pest control) services to the Cabinet Office. Interserve FM ltd are contractually required to pay their...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Procurement (1 Mar 2018)

Oliver Dowden: In March 2015 the Government restated its longstanding policy commitment to pay 80% of undisputed and valid invoices within 5 days with the remainder paid within 30 days. Public sector buyers must publish annually on their payment performance. We do not hold centrally the performance data for 2017. However, data published in 2015-16 shows that by the final quarter all major departments, apart...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government (12 Mar 2018)

Oliver Dowden: In March 2015 the Government restated its longstanding policy commitment to pay 80% of undisputed and valid invoices within 5 days with the remainder paid within 30 days. Public sector buyers must publish annually on their payment performance. We do not hold centrally the performance data for 2017. However, data published in 2015-16 shows that by the final quarter all major departments,...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Service: Equal Pay (21 Mar 2019)

Oliver Dowden: The priority given to ensuring equal pay is reflected in the Civil Service Management Code and Civil Service pay guidance each year. Departments are obliged to ensure they are complying with equal pay legislation as employers and showing due regard to their equality obligations as public sector organisations as set out under the public sector equalities duty. This includes a commitment to...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Technology (23 Apr 2019)

Oliver Dowden: In November 2017, we launched a £20 million, three year GovTech Catalyst to fund private sector innovators to solve public-sector challenges. To date, the programme has identified and appointed 15 challenge winners. It is now seeking to test these concepts and provide a route to market for the viable solutions. We will shortly launch the Innovation Strategy, outlining a vision for how...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Oliver Dowden: How we treat our farmed animals is an indication of our civility as a nation. In this country, we have a record of which we can be rightly proud. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern about reports that there might be a relaxation of our standards as a result of our leaving the European Union? Will she take this opportunity to reassure me that that is not the case and that, in fact, we...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Contracts (28 Jun 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and this Government is committed to supporting them in securing public sector contracts. In April I announced a number of measures to help achieve this, including proposals on excluding suppliers who do not pay their subcontractors on time. We have already streamlined our procurement processes to assist small businesses, and we continue to...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cybercrime: Artificial Intelligence (13 Feb 2020)

Oliver Dowden: Our current National Cyber Security Strategy (2016-2021) is delivering transformational change, building new capabilities and intervening to address the cyber threat. Our manifesto has committed to investing more in cyber security, embracing new technologies and legislating to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. The government's future approach to cyber security will...


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