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Deadline for annual return of procurement statistics approaches

29 June 2015

The Cabinet Office has published a Procurement Policy Note (10/15) on the requirement for contracting authorities to provide annual statistics for the year 2013 and 2014 on all procured contracts by 10 July 2015.

As these procurements were started before 26 February 2015, they fall under the Public Contract Regulations 2006. Regulation 40 states that a contracting authority shall annually send a report to the Cabinet Office specifying certain information in relation to each public contract awarded by it, or framework concluded by it (but not call-offs), during the reporting period. The CCS in this instance has set an earlier date as this is retrospective.

This shows that central government is starting to be more proactive in its overall management of public procurement in England and authorities should be prepared for further reporting requests provided for under the 2015 Regulations. All contracting authorities should ensure they provide all the requisite information by Friday 10 July 2015 to avoid breaching the 2006 Regulations.

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