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Procurement and Outsourcing Journal: January/February 2013

Angus Walker reports on the progress of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill

On 18 October 2012, the government took the first step towards implementing the planning reforms announced in the 6 September statement by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by introducing the Growth and Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons.

Dr Stuart Thompson provides an overview of urban growth and associated policy implications

The growth of urban areas is a world-wide phenomenon, but the publication of figures from the 2011 census showed the largest increase, in terms of numbers, in the population of England and Wales since records began in 1801. The population of the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics, is on course to reach over 73 million by 2035. This will change the dynamic of the country.

Jack Hayward

Jack Hayward sets the scene for the new year in procurement

I read the other day that the last typewriter factory in the UK had ceased production. When I first started in the law, an impossibly long time ago it seems, a good many letters were still typed on manual and electric typewriters. Time progressed and so did typefaces and eventually letters typed on such machines, particularly the manual variety, became a rarity. However, such letters, when they did arrive, usually caused concern because they were invariably the emanations of mad or eccentric individuals for whom a manual typewriter was the communication method of choice.

Dr Sam De Silva reviews the uses of benchmarking

In the technology industry, where standards of quality tend to rise and costs continuously decline, companies that outsource often seek assurances that market prices and service levels will remain competitive throughout an agreed contract term. This is why benchmarking is so vital.

Al Goodwin considers how a new approach to integrated commissioning might affect current UK procurement law and practice

As we head (slightly damply) into 2013, new year’s resolutions possibly already crumbling, it is perhaps the right time to look at how the government’s plans for the future of public sector procurement are shaping up for the year ahead.

In the first of a two-part article, Kat Souter and Ruth Smith discuss frameworks and their role in procurement

Framework agreements are not a new concept and, when used correctly, have the potential to deliver significant savings for the public sector in terms of both time and cost. Their key advantage is that they provide a lawful mechanism to award individual contracts without, on each occasion, having to carry out a separate free-standing EU public procurement exercise.

Jeremy Glover examines the use of expert evidence in procurement disputes

The case of BY Development Ltd v Covent Garden Market Authority [2012], heard before Coulson J raised important issues about the extent to which, if at all, expert evidence can be admissible or relevant in a procurement dispute under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).