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CPS Procurement

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spends over £60 million a year on externally purchased goods and services ranging from stationery, printing, reprographics and facilities contracts to more specialised service provision such as management consultancy, training and development.

The provision of these goods and services play a vital part in supporting the organisation in meeting its business objectives. It makes excellent economic sense, as well as meeting its obligations to Parliament and the public, to ensure that the CPS obtains best value for money from all its diverse purchases.

Achieving greater transparency of public sector procurement and contracting

The Government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure intended to help achieve better value for money.

As part of the transparency agenda, the Government has made the following commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:

  • all new central Government ICT contracts over the value of £10,000 to be published in full online from July 2010
  • all new central Government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010 with the information to be made available to the public free of charge
  • new items of central Government spending over £25,000 to be published online from November 2010
  • all new central Government contracts to be published in full from January 2011.

Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new Government contract, the resulting contract between the supplier and Government will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security.

Contracts and Tenders

Contracts Finder was launched to the public in early January 2011 and is the Government’s single platform for providing access to public sector procurement related information and documentation online free of charge. From 1 January 2011, all tender documents and contracts (including ICT) over £10,000 will be published on Contracts Finder.

CPS Code of Conduct for Suppliers

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) operates a Code of Conduct for all of its suppliers. Download the full terms of the CPS supplier Code of Conduct in PDF format.

Further information

For further information, please email Procurement and Commercial Services at procurement@cps.gsi.gov.uk