PQQ – are you ready for self-certification around Tax Avoidance?

From 1 April 2013, buyers and suppliers involved in Central Government regulated procurements will need to address the issue of self-certification concerning instances of tax non-compliance. In more recognisable terms, the Government is implementing its policy of trying to exclude from public procurement those suppliers who have indulged in the dark arts of tax avoidance.…

Cabinet Office: Establish centralised “Crown Procurement Service” on an Open Book Basis

In evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee review of public procurement Cabinet Office COO, Stephen Kelly, advocated the establishment of a centralised Crown Procurement Service which would be run on an open book basis. Normal principles of commercial confidentiality would be abandoned to allow for transparency across the government procurement estate. In this, he…