Ports and Procurement
This week we circulated a summary of a recent meeting on procurement
which has drawn some interest from members as the UK Government is currently considering changes to rules now the UK is no longer bound by EU laws.
One of their proposals previously consulted on was to consolidate procurement regimes
for all sectors into a new framework. We were mindful of this, because this could potentially bring large port contracts (over a specific value) within the scope of the more onerous rules currently laid out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, instead of where they are currently covered in the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016.
While there is no definitive outcome from this consultation yet, the Cabinet Office held a session with the utilities industry at which it helpfully suggested that following feedback, the government is not likely to integrate the two regimes.
Although this is still not confirmed government policy it would keep certain larger contracts issued by ports under similar arrangements as now. We are of course following this closely and you can read the BPA’s summary, which includes contract thresholds, here