Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Procurement

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered on 27 March 2023.

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Photo of Florence Eshalomi Florence Eshalomi Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many suppliers her Department excluded from procurement on the grounds of (a) fraud, (b) corruption and (c) other grounds under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 from 2015 to 2022.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

The information requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. To obtain the information a manual search through individual records would be required as this is not recorded centrally on departmental systems.

The grounds for the exclusion of bidders from public procurement procedures are set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These rules set out the circumstances in which bidders must, or may, be excluded from a public procurement process.

The Procurement Bill brought forward by this Conservative Government, currently being considered by Parliament, expands the scope of misconduct which can lead to exclusion. We are also increasing the time period within which misconduct can lead to exclusion from 3 years to 5; bringing subsidiary companies into scope of exclusion; and making the rules clearer so that contracting authorities can undertake exclusions with more confidence.

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