Welsh procurement facing shake-up

25 April 2001
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26 April 2001 | David Arminas

Welsh public-sector bodies have until 15 June to respond to a major procurement review document from the National Assembly for Wales that aims to reshape public-sector purchasing in the principality.

"Nobody else has done a review right across an entire public sector," Paul Skellon, head of procurement for the assembly and head of the procurement review team, told SM.

Nearly 100 public-sector organisations, including health trusts and the Wales Tourist Board were questioned for the report. It recommends making sweeping changes, such as creating an organisation similar to the central government Office of Government Commerce.

"A belief in the partnership approach has underpinned the entire review process," said Skellon. "What is being proposed is not a takeover by the assembly and does not include some expensive and elaborate new group or body at the centre to run things. It allows for a nucleus of purchasers working with a network of part-time and funded voluntary secondees within the Welsh public sector."

A decision on new organisations will be taken in the autumn with creation some time in the new year, added Skellon.

• The report is available from the assembly's website at www.wales.gov.uk/bettervalue.

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