The Queen’s speech last week has confirmed that it is full steam ahead with procurement reform, with the new Procurement Bill expected in September 2021. We outline the next steps below.
The Green Paper
At the end of 2020, the government published its Green Paper on reforming the law of procurement. The aim of the proposals were to simplify the procurement process whilst ensuring the fundamental principles of transparency, equality and impartiality are still achieved. An overview of the key proposals can be found in our earlier insight.
The Queen’s Speech
On 11 May 2021, the Queen delivered her annual “Queen’s Speech” which touched on the Green Paper. In the speech, the benefits of the procurement reform were discussed, including the following:
- Improving transparency within the ‘commercial lifecycle’ by publishing procurement data in an open format that will be accessible to everyone.
- Modernising the procurement rules so that they are more ‘innovative and diverse’, taking into account the wider social value when picking suppliers.
- Creating a single public procurement framework by consolidating the numerous regulations that are currently in place to allow for more freedom.
In addition, the government is intending to publish the first National Procurement Policy Statement (NPPS) which will include guidelines on how the new process can support strategic national priorities for public procurement.
The Queen announced that the government aims to publish the Procurement Bill in September 2021.
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