Government Departments: Procurement

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new Outsourcing Playbook on the quality Government outsourcing decisions; and will he make a statement.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

We launched the Outsourcing Playbook in February 2019 and introduced a package of

reforms to our approach to outsourcing designed to improve public service outcomes, value

for money and how we work in partnership with our suppliers

Measures include:

Guidance for departments to help assess whether services should be delivered, in-house by

the public sector or outsourced. This should support more informed decisions on when it is

best to deliver public services ourselves and when there is benefit to drawing on the capacity

and expertise of the private sector;

Introduction of a new presumption in favour of running a pilot where government is

outsourcing a service so we learn lessons before contracting for the long term; and

A new requirement for government to produce an assessment of how much a service

‘should cost’ to deliver when deciding whether to utilise the private sector. This helps to

provide a better understanding of the costs associated with the different service delivery

models so that we are in a better position to challenge unsustainable bids

We have put in place an implementation programme to ensure that our departments are

aware of these new requirements. Compliance with these reforms will be ensured through

the usual Cabinet Office controls process.

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