Select Committee on Treasury Minutes of Evidence

Letter to the Clerk of the Sub-committee from Mr Ian Fletcher, Head of Policy, British Chambers of Commerce

  Our contact with the OGC is limited and predominantly on trying to ensure that small businesses are better able to contract with Government. This does not fit neatly into any of the areas the Committee is seeking comment on, but is nevertheless, what we consider to be a key aspect of its work, and one we have had the opportunity to sample at first hand over the past few months. There has been some good progress made in that time, and an appropriate resource on their part devoted to helping Government become more small-business friendly in its procurement practices. This work we hope will continue in the forthcoming year and to that end, we were recently given the opportunity to contribute out thoughts to the OGC's business plan.

  I am enclosing a paper (Annex A) that we submitted to the Small Firms Minister, Nigel Griffiths, in mid-September, which was copied to the OGC, setting out some of the problems small firms encounter in public procurement and potential solutions.

23 October 2001

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