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Ministers David Willetts, Francis Maude and Norman Baker to give evidence on using public procurement to stimulate innovation

15 October 2012

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will tomorrow quiz David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on the Government’s efforts to use public procurement to stimulate innovation

The session will pick up on the themes of the Committee's report on using public procurement to stimulate innovation published in May 2011. The report identified that the Government spent more than £236bn on procurement and was missing the chance to ensure that spend was working hard to stimulate innovation in industry.

The Committee will ask the Ministers how the value of innovation in procurement is promoted in departments and how the risk averse culture towards procurement amongst civil servants can be overcome. They will also question them on how Government engages with SMEs.

Witnesses

At 11am on Tuesday 16 October, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

  • Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills;
  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office; and
  • Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport.

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