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Local Government: Procurement

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to tender through Contracts Finder.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In February, a new, free-to-use, online Contracts Finder portal was launched to make it easier and cheaper for small and medium enterprises and the voluntary and community sector to bid for public sector opportunities.

Procurement in local government is a matter for local discretion and my Department does not wish to prescribe to local authorities how they should conduct their business. My Department does, however, encourage local authorities to consider tendering through Contracts Finder. I am also delighted to say that the noble Lady, Baroness Eaton, supported Contract Finder while Chair of the Local Government Association, vowing that the Local Government Group will, through the Local Productivity Programme, spearhead its roll-out across local government.

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