Public procurement as a tool to stimulate innovation - Science and Technology Committee Contents


14 December 2010

Members of the Committee present were Lord Broers, Lord Crickhowell, Lord Cunningham of Felling , Baroness Hilton of Eggardon, Lord Krebs (Chairman), Baroness Neuberger , Lord Patel, Baroness Perry of Southwark , Lord Rees of Ludlow, Earl of Selborne, Lord Wade of Chorlton, Lord Willis of Knaresborough and Lord Winston.

Presentations were heard from:

·  Dr Paul Nightingale (Deputy Director, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) and Specialist Adviser to the Committee): An overview of the use of public procurement as an innovation tool in the United Kingdom and internationally.

·  Sally Collier (Director, Procurement Policy and Capability, Cabinet Office): An overview of the general procurement process within Government, including the role of the Cabinet Office, the role of the Departments in procurement and cross-Government co-ordination of public procurement activities.

·  Fergus Harradence (Deputy Director, Innovation Policy, BIS): The use of public procurement as an innovation tool within Government, including public procurement as an innovation tool in the United Kingdom and how stimulating innovation within industry fits into the procurement process and other policy processes.

·  Mike Acheson (Deputy Director of Corporate Procurement, DfT): An overview of public procurement within the transport sector and the use of public procurement to stimulate innovation within industry, including the public procurement landscape and key players within the Department for Transport and its agencies and examples of procurement activities within the Department designed to stimulate innovation within industry.

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