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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Procurement and public services

Public Services Committee
Procurement and public services

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Start times: 3.15pm (private) 3.15pm (public)

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Peers to quiz Government spending watchdog on pandemic procurement

Since the start of the of the COVID-19 pandemic the National Audit Office (NAO) has published several reports on public procurement

Meeting details

At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
Work Procurement and public services (Non-inquiry session)
Director, Regulation at National Audit Office
Director, Work and Pensions, Value For Money (VFM) and Head of Practice Commercial and Contracting at National Audit Office
At 4.15pm: Oral evidence
Work Procurement and public services (Non-inquiry session)
Director of Infrastructure at Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Chief Executive at Children England
Chief Executive at Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Today the Public Services Committee hears from the NAO, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and representatives from Lloyds Bank Foundation and Children England . The Committee will discuss procurement and public services and what those awarding public contracts  will need to do in future to avoid mistakes made during the pandemic.

Possible questions

  • What lessons should the Government learn about emergency procurement?
  • Is existing procurement law and policy adequate for contracting in times of crisis?
  • Has transparency in public procurement increased or decreased during the coronavirus pandemic?
  • How can procurement procedures encourage those delivering public services to innovate?
  • Do proposals in the Government’s Procurement Green Paper allow for the same flexibility seen during the pandemic?
  • Do the proposals take full advantage of the UK’s greater freedom to favour local public service providers and prioritise social value in commissioning and procurement?
  • Are the ambitions of the Green Paper at risk of being hindered by funding pressures on local government?
  • How much is the future viability of small charities and local social enterprises which specialise in delivering public services dependent on a shift towards a grant model of funding?

Further information


Virtual meeting (webcast)