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Public sector contracts all tied up?

ChannelPro - OFT calls for investigation into dominance of few big IT suppliers in public sector

This week the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) called for an investigation the supply of ICT goods and services into the public sector

It wants suppliers and purchasers to get in touch about their experiences of the procurement process to ensure “healthy competition” in the sector.

“Information and communication technology…is key to improving productivity in public services as well as businesses. Given the vital role that this technology plays in the delivery of public services and the cost to the taxpayer, the OFT believes it is important to explore whether there are any restrictions on competition,” said OFT chief executive, Clive Maxwell, in a statement.