UK Procurement Bill passing through Parliament

 
 
Procurement Bill: Latest Update
The new Procurement Bill is currently passing through Parliament, having had its first reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday 11 May 2022. 
 
This follows the Queen’s Speech on 10 May 2020 which stated that public sector procurement will be simplified to provide new opportunities for small businesses.
 
The Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill took place on the 25 May 2022. To view the current amendments to the bill click here.
 
The date for commencement of the committee stage is scheduled to begin on 4 July 2022. This stage involves detailed line by line examination of the separate parts (clauses and schedules) of the Bill. Starting from the front of the Bill, members work through to the end. Any member of the Lords can take part and it usually starts about two weeks after the second reading debate and generally lasts for up to eight days, or longer if needed.  
 
The next sitting of the commitee stage is due to take place on 24 October 2022. To read the previous minutes of proceedings from 4, 6, 11, 13 and 18 July click here. 
 
The Bill is intended to:
  • Create a simpler regime that works better for the UK, reducing costs and improving productivity.
  • Establish a single digital platform for supplier registration, businesses will only have to submit their data once to qualify for any public sector procurement.
  • Give public sector buyers more freedom and flexibility by allowing them to better negotiate with suppliers and to design the buying process to meet the needs of their specific procurement.
  • Enable smaller contracts to be restricted to UK suppliers, as permitted by World Trade Organization rules, and ensuring that procurement activities aid jobs and innovation.

To keep up to date with the bills passage through the various stages click here 

For the latest Legal Services Procurement Bill Insights click on the links below: 

 

Last updated 05/10/22