Thursday 16th July, 2020
The National Audit Office has been urged by the Labour Party to investigate the government’s multi-billion pound procurement of protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.
The party has written to the National Audit Office to request a probe following the award of a number of contracts without any competition under emergency procedures used by ministers, according to the HuffPost UK.
According to the paper, the move came as it emerged that the Cabinet Office had awarded a £800,000 contract to consultants McKinsey for the “Provision of Consultancy Services for Civil Service Modernisation and Reform”.
During April and May officials were able to award contracts directly without prior publication, excluding the usual procurement timetables - for reasons of “extreme urgency”.