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International Development written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account his Department takes of the Government's transparency agenda in formulating its procurement policy.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

DFID is committed to the Government's transparency agenda and the procurement reform objectives being led by the Government Procurement Service within the Cabinet Office. At an international level, DFID led discussions on transparency in aid effectiveness at the High Level Forum in Busan (South Korea) in November 2011. DFID takes account of the transparency agenda when formulating its procurement policy.

DFID demonstrated its commitment to the transparency agenda with the early adoption of the Government “Contracts Finder” website to publish tender and contract documentation and the modification of contract terms and conditions to enable the publication of information. In April 2012 DFID also began publishing its Procurement Pipeline to provide improved transparency to enable businesses to compete more effectively for contracts. The UK was the first donor agency to publish data using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard which covers all aspects of DFID business, including procurement.

DFID also ensures the monthly publication of electronic payments, including procurement card transactions in excess of £500, to the external website. DFID is making good progress with staff training and the ongoing development of key systems to ensure that it is fully supporting all aspects of the transparency agenda.

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