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Partnerships UK

Treasury written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of David Kidney David Kidney Labour, Stafford

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of Partnerships UK in developing templates for private finance initiative and public-private partnership agreements.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Partnerships UK (PUK) supports the Government's delivery of value for money PFI projects, including work on developing national procurement vehicles for key programmes such as Partnerships for Schools, and helping the Government standardise the legal documentation involved in PFI procurements.

PUK has worked closely with the Treasury and other Government Departments in the production and enforcement of the standardised contract for PFI agreements and in developing sector specific contracts. Through its help-line, PUK has provided a valuable support function for procuring authorities across the UK in negotiating standardised contracts and PFI project agreements. The work PUK does to support the enforcement of standardised contracts is important in delivering benefits to the public sector in terms of reduced procurement costs and procurement timescales.

The PUK Advisory Council reports annually on how PUK is fulfilling its public sector mission. A copy of the latest report is available on the Treasury website.

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