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Government pledges to halt procurement 'madness'

ZDNet - The government will set up a centralised procurement team in an effort to stop paying wildly different prices for IT products, according to the Cabinet Office.

The centralised team, called Government Procurement, will contract for goods and services for the whole of government, rather than individual departments.

Government agencies and departments have been paying between £350 and £2,000 for the same laptop, and between £85 and £240 for the same printer cartridge from the same supplier, the Cabinet Office said in a statement on Friday.

"It is bonkers for different parts of government to be paying vastly different prices for exactly the same goods," Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in the statement. "We are putting a stop to this madness which has been presided over for too long."