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Deadline for contracting authority procurement statistics annual return fast approaching

30 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 contracts and frameworks (but not call-offs) by 10 July 2015

As these procurements were started before 26 February 2015 they fall under the Public Contract Regulations 2006. Regulation 40 of the 2006 Regulations 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 Crown Commercial Service (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 in the future, provided for under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

With the introduction of the obligation to use Contracts Finder, more data will be available to government on public procurement processes than ever before but the 2015 Regulations make provision for contracting authorities to produce reports at the request of the EU Commission and the Cabinet Office in respect of any procurement processes undertaken. Regulation 84 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 is less prescriptive than Regulation 40 of the 2006 Regulations as to the content of the report but we would advise that all contracting authorities maintain a thorough and up-to-date contracts register, if they do not already do so, to ensure any reporting requests do not present a substantial burden to contracting authority resources whilst data is gathered.

In respect of the current request by the Crown Commercial Service, all contracting authorities should ensure they provide all the requisite information in the prescribed form by Friday 10 July 2015 to avoid breaching the 2006 Regulations.

Please see the link to the Procurement Policy note for further information on the statutory requirement to provide this information along with instructions on how to submit your data.


The content of this bulletin is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.


 

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