Government Departments: Procurement

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance and best practice is available for government departments on providing feedback to small and medium-sized enterprises on unsuccessful submissions to government invitations to tender.

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

Contracting authorities should inform bidders of its decision to award a contract, as soon as possible after the decision has been made. This notice should include the reasons for the decision, including the characteristics and relative advantages of the successful tender, and the scores of the bidder receiving the notice and the winning bidder. Cabinet Office has issued a guide on tendering for public sector contracts:

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