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

The Cabinet Office ensures value for money on its purchases through the use of pan-government deals for relevant goods and services that have been set up by the Government Procurement Service (GPS) and other Departments to enable it to exploit the benefits of Government's aggregated purchasing power in order to achieve better prices. Further savings are expected to be realised from the Government-wide efficiency programmes which the Cabinet Office has initiated, including:

the centralising of all common commodity procurement through contracts awarded and managed by GPS to maximise public sector buying power; the re-negotiation of deals with Government's largest suppliers; and the use of the Dynamic Marketplace for lower value procurements which will open up opportunities for SMEs to win Government business.

Savings achieved have contributed to a reduction in the Department’s procurement expenditure overall between 2009-10 and 2010-11 of almost 3%.

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