The Procurement Bill is now well on its way on its journey through the House of Commons, with an updated draft of the Bill being published on 24 February. This latest version includes amendments agreed as part of the Public Bill Committee.
We are expecting the Bill to receive Royal Assent sometime in Spring of this year, which will be followed by a period of at least six months during which various pieces of secondary legislation will be drafted (and, the government tells us, in some cases at least, consulted upon). Also in this "lead in" period we can expect to see the government publishing templates and guidance to assist authorities and bidders in navigating what in some ways will feel like a very new world.
Many of our blog readers will be familiar with our "5 in 25" series of webinars, which we intend to use during the remainder of 2023 and into 2024 as a forum to discuss the changes brought in by the Procurement Bill. You can sign up to the mailing list here if you are interested.
You can also keep up to date with procurement law reform by checking our Reform page on the Procurement Portal - click the link above or www.procurementportal.com/reform