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Public Procurement

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Krebs, has launched an inquiry into the Government’s use of procurement as a tool to stimulate innovation within industry.

The inquiry will focus in particular on the Department for Transport and its related public bodies, as a working example of the current procurement practices within departments. The inquiry seeks to investigate the extent to which the current procurement practices and processes in place are effective in encouraging innovation within industry and supporting the development and diffusion of innovations.

A call for evidence inviting written submission on this inquiry was published on 22 October 2010. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 13 December 2010.

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