Procurement at CO

Supplying the Cabinet Office: commitments on procurement and contracting.


Send general enquiries about supplying the Cabinet Office to:

Crown Commercial Service London Managed Service Team
2nd Floor
Aviation House
125 Kingsway

Contract terms and conditions

The 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:

  • contracts placed under pre-existing framework agreements, including frameworks set up by the Crown Commercial Service and 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.

Procurement transparency

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 commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:

  • all new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on the Contracts Finder website
  • all new central government contracts over £10,000 to be published on the Contracts Finder website
  • new items of central government spending over £25,000 to be published online at

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.

All government departments must publish a set of specific targeted actions to increase their business with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is part of a package of reforms designed to open up the public sector marketplace to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that the Minister for the Cabinet Office announced on 27 August 2015.

Spend data

Monthly data for the core Cabinet Office and the Crown Commercial Service on payments of £25,000 and above made to suppliers, grantees and other recipients is published.

Data is also published on any spend of £500 and above which is made on the departmental ePCS (electronic purchasing card solution) card.

Transactions may be redacted for reasons of national security or personal privacy.

The data is freely available at

Send enquiries about any of the data to