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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure value for money on purchases; and what savings have been identified using those procedures in the last year.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department is fully committed to Government policy on procurement which has two basic objectives:

To achieve continuing improvement in value for money based on whole life cost and quality

To enhance the competitiveness of suppliers through the development of procurement systems and practices

We follow the Transparency regulations in order to maximise competition. Also, we ensure that all procurements that can be advertised with a value of £10,000 are advertised via the Contracts Finder website and then tendered via BIP—Delta (an e-procurement tool).

Further information about the Department's procurement policy can be found at:


The Government have announced a specific and innovative approach to efficiency and reform across the public sector which means that Departments are no longer required to report against efficiency targets. The Department does not, therefore, specifically record savings secured through its procurement process.

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