In June 2023, the UK Government opened the first part of its public consultation on the legislation required to implement the new public procurement regime established by the new draft Procurement Bill.
Split into two parts, the second part of the consultation has opened this week, a technical consultation on the draft secondary legislation relating predominantly to transparency notices. These notices have the the objective of helping contracting authorities progress procurement processes in an open and transparent way.
These notices include:
• Pipeline Notice
• Planned Procurement Notice
• Preliminary Market Engagement Notice
• Tender Notice
• Utilities Dynamic Market/Dynamic Market Notice, including Qualifying Utilities Dynamic Market Notice
• Transparency Notice
• Procurement Termination Notice
• Contract Award Notice
• Contract Details Notice
• Payments Compliance Notice
• Contract Performance Notice
• Contract Change Notice
• Contract Termination Notice
The consultation also includes organisations covered by the term ‘defence authority’ and a number of other matters that feature in the draft Statutory Instrument (SI) which relate to transparency, including:
• Central Digital Platform
• Central Digital Platform: Supplier Information (which will enable suppliers to submit core information once only)
• Identifiers (the unique identifiers for organisations, procedures and notices that the digital platform requires to operate effectively)
• Assessment Summary
The consultation also seeks views on the proposed use of a power in the Bill which would exempt private utilities from the requirement to publish a preliminary market engagement notice.