We need to do everything we can to promote small business. One way of doing this is to promote small businesses in Government procurement. I made this point in Cabinet Office Questions.
Charlie: What is being done to encourage innovative SMEs to get in on public procurement, and will the Ministerupdate the House on the effectiveness of the mystery shopper tool?
Francis Maude (Minister of State for the Cabinet Office): We have enabled suppliers who suspect that a procurement is being done in the old-fashioned way that we inherited to raise it directly with my officials in the Cabinet Office, who can then intervene with the public sector procurer-commissioner to ensure that it is done in the modern way, which does not exclude small businesses from supplying to Government in the way that was routinely the case in the past. We have made a huge amount of progress, but we still have a long way to go.
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