Lords begins line by line scrutiny of Procurement Bill
4 July 2022
Members of the Lords started their detailed check of the Procurement Bill in committee stage, which began on Monday 4 July.
The Procurement Bill aims to reform the UK's public procurement regime following its exit from the European Union (EU), to create a simpler and more transparent system not based on transposed EU Directives. It also seeks to ensure that the government continues to pay fair prices on single-source defence contracts while providing value for money.
Line by line examination
Committee stage is the first chance for line by line examination of the bill.
Five days of committee stage have been scheduled so far to consider more than 550 changes to the draft law.
- Monday 4 July
- Wednesday 6 July
- Monday 11 July
- Wednesday 13 July
- Monday 18 July
*schedule is subject to change
Monday 4 July
These amendments covered a range of subjects, including:
- which bodies and organisations should fall under the bill's remit, including privately-owned utilities, universities, and ARIA
- joint projects with other countries
- procurement by groups of local authorities.
Explore further information
Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library Procurement Bill [HL] briefing.
Committee stage continues on Wenesday 6 July.
How to follow
- Read the text of proposed changes (PDF)
- Watch live on Parliament TV from 4.15pm
- Read the Lord Hansard transcript (from three hours after the debate)
What's happened so far?
Second reading: Wednesday 25 May
Members discussed the main issues in the bill and flagged concerns on specific areas where they believe amendments (changes) were needed during second reading. Topics included:
- eradicating forced labour and modern slavery from supply chains
- equal treatment of suppliers, and fair and open competition
- joining contracts for research and development with procurement contracts
- support for small and medium enterprises
- and transparency in procurement processes.
Lord True (Conservative), Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), former city councillor, MP and human rights campaigner
- Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour), President, Health Care Supplies Association
- Baroness Noakes (Conservative), member of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee
- Baroness Smith of Newnham (Liberal Democrat) Liberal Democrat spokesperson for defence.