Policy and guidance on Transparency in public sector procurement and contracting

The Government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. As part of the transparency agenda, the Prime Minister made the following commitments with regard to procurement and contracting, in his letter of 31st May 2010:

  • All new central government ICT contracts over £10,000 to be published online from July 2010
  • All new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge
  • All new central government contracts over £10,000 to be published in full from January 2011.

These requirements apply to all central government departments including their agencies, all non-departmental public bodies, and NHS bodies and trading funds. Departments are responsible for meeting these requirements. Separate requirements apply to the wider public sector, such as local authorities.

The Cabinet Office has produced guidance to assist departments in meeting the procurement and contracting transparency requirements and ensure a consistent approach.

Using Contracts Finder
Contracts Finder is the facility that provides access to public sector procurement related information and documentation free of charge. All tender documents and contracts over £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Businesses can also view live opportunities on Contracts Finder, although until 31 March 2011 some opportunities will be advertised on Supply2Gov.  A variety of user guides have been developed for Departments who want to start using Contracts Finder. Please contact the service desk for a copy servicedesk@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk.

Departmental progress
Tables reflecting departmental performance with respect to procurement and contracting transparency has been updated and published.

General enquiries
If you have any enquiries about the Transparency in Procurement and Contracting agenda or the resources provided on this web page please contact the service desk at servicedesk@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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