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UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

The Channel - Systemic failures in government procurement and contract management continue "unabated" three years after the coalition vowed to tackle inefficiencies in the way public sector people buy tech.

This is according to the House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) led by Bernard Jenkins MP (Con), which conceded the initiatives introduced by the Cabinet Office had improved processes – but not by nearly enough.

The committee said government spends £227bn a year on goods and services but could save taxpayers "significant sums of money" if ministers are able to finally get on top of the problems.

The PASC report found that EU directives which rule over UK procurement reinforced a "process oriented, risk averse culture" among those that write the cheques, causing delays and rising costs.

"To be fair, there are failures of procurement in the private sector too but that is no excuse," said Jenkin.