Eagle replaces Healey

18 July 2007
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19 July 2007 | Paul Snell

Angela Eagle, the Labour MP for Wallasey on Merseyside, is to take over as the government's new procurement minister.

Following Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle, Eagle, the new exchequer secretary, will replace John Healey, who has been appointed as a minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Eagle has experience of monitoring government spend, having served as a member of the Committee of Public Accounts twice and on the Treasury select committee. The responsibility for procurement has passed to the exchequer secretary from the financial secretary to the Treasury.

Yet the chief secretary to the Treasury, Andy Burnham, will remain in charge of the Gershon efficiency programme. Burnham replaces Stephen Timms.

Although the scope and names of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) changed during the reshuffle, the procurement teams remain unaffected.

Bill Tipping will continue to lead purchasing at the new Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, as the head of procurement policy.

Procurement for the new Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills will fall under the remit of DfES commercial director Ian Taylor and the Centre for Procurement Performance.

The OGC has appointed Jonathan Simcock, on secondment from Shell, as an executive director. He will oversee the agency's work on Gateway reviews, setting up the Major Projects Review Group to analyse complex and high-value public sector projects, and transforming the government estate.


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