The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment this week announced the launch of an inquiry into achieving best value in the procurement of construction work.
The APPG for EBE is inviting organisations to submit evidence of procurement practice that has a positive or beneficial impact upon the outcome of a construction project in terms of, for example, improving value, eliminating waste, enhancing quality, and/or reducing time and/or cost.
It aims to gather evidence that encompasses whole procurement mechanisms or specific aspects, such as the tendering procedure, pre-qualification or briefing process.
The group will establish a Commission of Inquiry which will draw its membership from Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions and others who are neither Parliamentarians nor members of the construction industry but are key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society. The Commission will not be less than 12 members, nor more than 18.
The Commission of Inquiry will examine the evidence presented to it and may invite some contributors to attend an open session of the Commission to present the evidence in more detail and to answer questions from Commission members. The Commission will report to the APPG, which in turn will hold an open meeting in the autumn of 2011 to present the findings of the Inquiry, which will also be presented to the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, the Paymaster General.
The group is requesting submissions from construction and professional services companies, professional bodies, research organisations, trade associations or individuals in a report of no more than 1,500 words which clearly sets out the benefits achieved in demonstrable or tangible terms. Evidence should be submitted no later than 31 August.