Eleanor Laing backs opening up Government procurement to small businesses

6th February 2013

Eleanor Laing asks the Government if there has been as assessment of why small businesses were winning such a small share of Government procurement contracts when it came to power three years ago.

Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest) (Con): The Minister has just referred to what happened three years ago. Has she had an opportunity to assess why small businesses were winning such a small share of Government procurement contracts when the Government came to power?

Miss Smith: We are absolutely serious about opening up Government business to SMEs, and it is a shame that the previous Administration appeared not to be. We have made progress: we have posted information about the opportunities, as I said in response to the previous question; we have removed bureaucratic pre-qualification processes; we have given SMEs a voice at the top table; and we have made Government more accountable through the mystery shopper service. My hon. Friend knows that it is a shame that the previous Government did not do any of those things.

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