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Identifying Potential Official Statistics to Support Future
Reporting Requirements for the DEFRA Marine and Fisheries System

Once outside of the EU, the UK will continue to have both national and international reporting obligations. These reports are made to evaluate the progress of implementation of UK environmental policies and to meet obligations under international treaties and conventions. The Defra marine and fisheries system must seek to ensure that users continue to have confidence in the information (e.g. statistics, metrics, indicators and data) being reported on for the marine environment.

The Defra marine and fisheries system needs to therefore review if additional reporting requirements are necessary to support coherency in information being published by the Defra family, regarding the marine environment and to enhance public confidence in reporting against the UK’s environmental standards.

 

Providing Goods and Services

We follow the main principle of utilising combined common contract areas within the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as directed by the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office, and practiced by our parent department Defra and its associated executive agencies.

When a procurement opportunity arises we follow, where appropriate, a hierarchy of supplier contracting:

  1. If a Crown Commercial Service contract exists then we will use this method of sourcing a supplier, taking advantage of the increased savings to be made through aggregated commercial procurement arrangements for core common goods and services.
  2. If no CCS contract exists it is preferred to combine our spending power with other executive agencies as members of a collaborative framework group.
  3. If the above options are not available we will then conduct a tender exercise.

 

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder is a free online service for finding public sector contract opportunities and viewing contract awards and contract documents.  We are registered as a buyer and publish procurement opportunities through this service.

 

Sustainable Procurement

We are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance, as part of our overall goal of implementing the principles of sustainable development in all areas of our work. Sustainable Procurement Policy 2007.

 

Terms and conditions of contract

The standard Terms and Conditions under which we let goods and services contracts are:

Potential suppliers will be advised which set of terms and conditions apply at the point of invitation to tender.

 

Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs)

The Government set a target for 25% of central government spend to go through SMEs by 2015.  We are committed, as part of the Defra network agencies, to support this and encourage SMEs to bid for our contracts.

 

Prompt Payment Policy

We are committed to paying our suppliers within 10 working days on submission of a valid and correctly presented invoice.  For more information see prompt payment of suppliers.

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