Government Departments: Procurement

Treasury written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Mark Hunter Mark Hunter Shadow Transport Minister; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader, Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure Government procurement policies provide equal opportunities to businesses regardless of size.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

Government procurement policy requires that contracts be awarded through fair and open competition, in compliance with EU treaty principles and UK regulations implementing the EU procurement directives.

Government are taking action to remove potential barriers to SME participation in public procurement. An OGC/BIS programme, Access for All, is currently making good progress in implementing the recommendations made in the Glover Committee report "Accelerating the SME Economic Engine".

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