Learning lessons for conventional
48. Mr Spackman supplied us with a note about the
possibilities for drawing conclusions from the operation of PFI
projects which could be used to improve conventionally-financed
procurement. These could arise from methods of operation, from
innovations in design and construction, or in financing.
UNISON also suggested that expertise gained in the procurement
process could be used for future procurements outside PFI, thereby
transferring part of the benefits of PFI to conventional projects.
49. We welcome the reference in Public Private
Partnerships: The Government's Approach to the possibility
of the public sector benefiting from innovative approaches developed
in PFI deals,
and expect that, as part of its work, the new Office of Government
Commerce will monitor PFI projects systematically for features
which can be transferred effectively to publicly-funded projects.