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Carillion stock
Government procurement must be transparent

10 July 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal 

The “seriously damaged” public trust in outsourcing as a result of the Carillion debacle can only be rebuilt if the government is transparent about how and why it decides to purchase goods or services, says an influential group of MPs.


The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee report After Carillion: Public Sector Outsourcing and Contracting states that this should be particularly done in cases where private sector involvement or the type of commissioning is novel.


And the government should also publish its rationale for the decision and notify the relevant select committee, for example, in the form of a published business case, adds the committee.


It believes that the government can only let and manage contracts successfully if it has the right data – and the government admits that it needs to improve its internal data.


The report adds: “We are concerned by the fact that the government has not systematically analysed where and how it spends taxpayers’ money on procurement. This includes data not only about current contracts but also about areas that the government wishes to purchase in the future.”