Working to make government more effective

Online event

The Procurement Bill: an expert briefing 

At this event we discussed the Procurement Bill’s aims and the challenges to achieving the government’s objectives. 

Watch the event

Listen to the event

The government spends around £300bn a year – a third of all public expenditure – on procurement. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the government has proposed major reforms to the rules governing public sector buying.  

The government says the new Procurement Bill will create a simpler and more transparent system which makes it easier for SMEs to win contracts and for the government to disqualify poorly performing suppliers.  

This event discussed the bill’s aims, challenges to achieving the government’s objectives and featured a presentation on the key measures contained in the bill from: 

  • Ed Green, Deputy Director, Commercial Policy - International and Reform at the Cabinet Office 
  • Lindsay Maguire, Head of Engagement for Procurement Reform at the Cabinet Office 

And responses from: 

  • Mark Leigh, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer at DWP
  • Laura Wisdom, Partner at Burges Salmon 

The event was chaired by Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.


This event was kindly supported by Burges Salmon.

Burges Salmon

Institute for Government

Related content