Oliver Dowden has been appointed the new minister for procurement in prime minister Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.
Dowden, previously minister for implementation in the Cabinet Office (CO), has been promoted to paymaster general and minister for the CO. Downing Street said he would also be attending cabinet meetings.
The previous procurement minister, David Lidington, was among ministers who resigned ahead of Johnson becoming PM.
Earlier in July Dowden told the public sector it must “set an example” by paying suppliers within 30 days. Suppliers have been warned they must pay 95% of invoices within 60 days or face being blocked from future government contracts.
Speaking at the Social Value Summit in March, Dowden said firms hoping to win government contracts would be urged to show how they can improve society in areas such as workforce diversity and sustainability.
Dowden was elected MP for Hertsmere in 2015.
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