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?