“The transparency gap of unlawfully unpublished contracts has grown in size and the delays have lengthened,” said Jolyon Maugham, founder of the Good Law Project.
He was talking after the government failed to publish details of £4bn of Covid-related contracts with private firms.
In our recent submission to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) we too highlighted growing concerns about the process around how Covid-related contracts are being awarded: the £108 million given to a small family-run pest control company with net assets of £18 000; the £252 million PPE contract awarded to a private equity firm based in the tax haven of Mauritius who supplied 50 million unusable masks; the £840 000 coronavirus messaging contract issued by the Cabinet Office owned by people with strong links to a Cabinet Minister; the employment agency with net assets of £623 that was awarded an £18 million government contract to supply face masks; the £108m contract to a sweet wholesaler for the supply of PPE.
It just keeps coming.
Government buying fast does not excuse it from buying openly and publishing data in a timely manner.
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