Consultation outcome

Reforms to public procurement

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

Based on responses to the consultation, the government has produced a policy statement and illustrative, draft regulations for Clause 38 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

This document summarises the results of the consultation, and shares the main points raised by stakeholders.

Original consultation


The government is seeking views on how it can put public procurement measures in place in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

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Consultation description

The government is consulting on a new power in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to help small businesses gain better access to public sector contract opportunities.

The intended enabling power would allow the government to introduce a range of measures to make procurement simpler and reduce barriers as the need arises. These measures would be introduced through secondary legislation at a future date and would impose duties on procuring authorities.

This consultation exercise is being launched by the government to get the views of buyers, suppliers and other stakeholders with a keen interest in procurement. This is to ensure that the regulations made under the power in the Bill help create a simple and consistent approach to procurement across the public sector, so that small businesses can gain better, more direct access to this market.


Published 16 October 2014
Last updated 12 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added policy statement and illustrative regulations.
  2. Added an analysis of responses to the consultation.
  3. First published.