Procurement at CO
Supplying the Cabinet Office: commitments on procurement and contracting.
General enquiries about supplying to the Cabinet Office should be addressed to:
Central Procurement Team
Email: Central Procurement Team
Contract terms and conditions
Cabinet Office normally contracts with its suppliers on its standard terms and conditions except where different terms and conditions have been previously agreed. These exceptions include:
- other government terms and conditions such as those applying to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and works contracts
- contracts placed under pre-existing framework agreements, including frameworks set up by other government organisations
- contracts with large-scale, complex requirements
The standard terms and conditions apply to all purchase orders unless alternative terms and conditions are specified. There are 2 versions covering:
The government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money.
As part of the transparency agenda, the government has made the following initial commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:
- all new central government ICT contracts over the value of £10,000 to be published in full online from July 2010
- all new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge
- new items of central government spending over £25,000 to be published online from November 2010
- all new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011
Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new government contract, the resulting contract between the supplier and government will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security and personal privacy.
Access to government contracts
Contract opportunities are published on the Contracts finder website.
Higher value contracts are advertised on the OJEU website.
The package of reforms designed to open up the public sector marketplace to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that was announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 11 February 2011 included the requirement for all government departments to publish a set of specific targeted actions to increase their business with SMEs.
Monthly data for the Cabinet Office and its arms length bodies on payments above £25,000 made to suppliers and grant and other recipients from 12 May 2010.
The data covers:
- Core Cabinet Office
- Buying Solutions
- Capacity Builders
- Commission for the Compact
It excludes payments relating to the following functions which transferred to the Cabinet Office as a result of machinery of government changes after the 2010 General Election.
- Political & Constitutional Reform Group – this data is included in the data published by the Ministry of Justice
- Directgov – this data is included in the data published by the Department for Work and Pensions.
If any of the Cabinet Office bodies are not listed in the published monthly data, they will not have made any payments above £25,000 during that month.
Data for October 2010 and subsequent months will be published in the following month.
Transactions may be redacted for reasons of national security or personal privacy.
The data is freely re-usable under the same terms as www.data.gov.uk.
Enquiries about any of the data should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org