Work of the Permanent Secretary (April - December 2011)
HC 145, Second Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Home Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Report 'Work of the Permanent Secretary (April - December 2011) (HC 145)' identifies significant savings made through improved procurement practices, which rose to £75 million in the first three quarters of the 2011-12 financial year.
The Committee welcomes the fact that the Home Office is acting on its earlier recommendation to extend the use of the compulsory national framework for police procurement, however they expresses concern about the progress of the e-borders programme and the lack of clarity over plans to introduce privatisation into policing.
The joint procurement exercise being undertaken by Surrey and West Midlands Police is found to lack clarity. The Committee were not convinced that the Forces fully understood, or were fully able to articulate the process they were undertaking. With the overall costs of exploring this process set at £5 million, the Committee called on the Home Office to take responsibility for ensuring that the public and the stakeholders were aware of the process, and to postpone the exercise until after the election of the Police and Crime Commissioners.
Further to this, despite the letting of new contracts to Serco and IBM in preparation for the London Olympics, the Committee remains concerned about the progress of the e-Borders programme.
The Committee found an unacceptable level of claims under the Riot Damages Act were still outstanding and recommended that the Home Office work with police authorities to publish a timetable for the payment of all outstanding claims. All those who made a legitimate claim should receive their payments by the first anniversary at the latest.
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