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Members of the Lords debated the main purpose and key principles of the Procurement Bill during second reading, on Wednesday 25 May.

The Procurement Bill aims to reform the UK's public procurement regime following its exit from the European Union (EU), to create a simpler and more transparent system not based on transposed EU Directives. It also seeks to ensure that the government continues to pay fair prices on single source defence contracts while providing value for money.

Debate on the draft law Members discussed the main issues in the bill and flagged concerns on specific areas where they believe amendments (changes) are needed during second reading. Topics included:

  • defence
  • eradicating forced labour and modern slavery from supply chains
  • equal treatment of suppliers, and fair and open competition
  • joining contracts for research and development with procurement contracts
  • support for small and medium enterprises
  • and transparency in procurement processes.

Members speaking

Lord True (Conservative), Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

Members speaking in the debate included:

  • Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), former city councillor, MP and human rights campaigner
  • Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour), President, Health Care Supply Association
  • Baroness Noakes (Conservative), member of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee
  • Baroness Smith of Newnham (Liberal Democrat) Liberal Democrat spokesperson for defence.

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Date: 27 May

Posted in News on May 27, 2022

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