Government Departments: Procurement

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made towards publishing Government tenders in full online and free of charge.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan, published on 15 June 2010, included a commitment to publish all new central Government tender documents above £10,000 on a single website free of charge, as part of the Government's transparency commitments.

A Public Sector Transparency Board has been established in the Cabinet Office. As Minister for the Cabinet Office I chair the Board. The Board's role will include providing support to Departments as they deliver their transparency commitments.

Guidance will be issued to Departments on how this commitment should be implemented.

In the meantime, Government Departments are currently encouraged to publish all new tender opportunities above £20,000 on:

www.supply2.gov.uk

Above defined value thresholds, there is a requirement to publish contract notices in the Official Journal of the EU.

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