Work of the Permanent Secretary (April - December 2011)

Work of the Permanent Secretary (April - December 2011)

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The Committee identifies significant savings made through improved procurement practices, which rose to Ap75 million in the first three quarters of the 2011-12 financial year. It welcomes the fact that the Home Office is acting on its earlier recommendation to extend the use of the compulsory national framework for police procurement, however expresses concern about the progress of the e-borders programme and the lack of clarity over plans to introduce privatisation into policing. The Committee found that the costly joint procurement exercise being undertaken by Surrey and West Midlands Police lacked clarity. The Committee were not convinced that the Forces fully understood, or were fully able to articulate the process they were undertaking. With the overall costs of exploring this process set at Ap5 million, the Committee called on the Home Office to take responsibility for ensuring the public and stakeholders were aware of the process and to postpone the exercise till after the election of the Police and Crime Commissioners. Also, despite the letting of new contracts to Serco and IBM in preparation for the London Olympics, the Committee remains concerned about the progress of the e-Borders programme. The Committee also found that an unacceptable level of claims under the Riot Damages Act were still outstanding and recommends that the Home Office work with police authorities to publish a timetable for the payment of all outstanding claims. All those who made a legitimate claim should receive their payments by the first anniversary at the latestTo put this in context, the Home Office is required to reduce its total budget by Ap 1.8 billion over the present Parliament.6 Dame Helen commented ... However, this must not be at the expense of supporting small and medium-sized suppliers.

Title:Work of the Permanent Secretary (April - December 2011)
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Home Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2012-05-01

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