On 31 May 2010 the Prime Minister wrote to all government departments with plans setting out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. These plans included commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money.
As part of the transparency agenda, the government made the following 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 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.
The MOD wrote to the National Defence Industries Council (NDIC) and was in the process of writing to all of its current suppliers giving details of the requirements to publish tender and contract data. A copy of the letter is above.