§ Mr. Thurnham
asked the Minister for the Civil Service when the Government will be announcing measures to implement the conclusions of the report by the Management and Personnel Office on Government contract and procurement procedures; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Departments have the primary responsibility for implementing the recommendations in the report "Government Purchasing". All Departments have been asked to prepare action documents by 1 April and are doing so in consultation with the Management and Personnel Office. In addition, the Government have put in hand arrangements to identify suitable candidates for the post of head of the proposed central unit on purchasing.