Mr Maude also turned his attention to the government’s big private sector suppliers.

Last Wednesday, Oracle, the US IT giant, became the latest to bow to pressure to agree in-year and recurring price reductions on its existing contracts across Whitehall, saving taxpayers more than £75m by 2015.

The deal followed a breakthrough agreement with a Capgemini-led consortium that supplied HM Revenue & Customs with all its IT needs on an exclusive basis. The Paris-based IT group waived its exclusivity and slashed its prices, saving £200m by 2017. “Some of the contracts that we inherited were an embarrassment to the suppliers. They were quite rich contracts,” Maude said..

The last lot weren\’t exactly known for the care with which they splashed the cash about, were they?

3 thoughts on “I bet”

  1. As someone who used to work for Cap -this surprises me they certainly weren’t over paying us
    (why I don’t work for them anymore).

    Of course they were not the most efficent of companies.

  2. Isn’t the problem that Broon used to claim credit for the amount of money spent, rather than the results?

    Therefore spending more money meant better public services.

    And what easier way to spend more money than to not bother making sure that your useless civil servants negotiate properly with your suppliers?

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