Government suppliers silent on talk of IT cartel


Government suppliers silent on talk of IT cartel

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Key IT suppliers have kept quiet in the face of accusations that they ran government IT as a collusive cartel after implications made by Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) chairman Bernard Jenkin MP, according to our sister title

Jenkin claimed that Martin Rice, CEO of now-defunct SME Erudine, had said that the current domination by major suppliers was a cartel when giving evidence to the committee in March.

Suppliers contacted by ComputerWeekly had little to say about the PASC findings, which were published yesterday and heavily recommended that the government should widen its supplier base and work with more SMEs by reducing the size of contracts and simplifying the procurement process.

Accenture, BT, Capita and Serco all said the report did not apply to them, while Atos Origin flat-out refused to comment, and IBM and CSC made no response.

Fujitsu and Logica made statements about the good work they did for government, leaving Capgemini as the only supplier that said it would talk.

The UK's largest government supplier HP offered up trade association Intellect to speak on its and other suppliers' behalf.

Intellect said the talk of a cartel was "outrageous" and said it would support an investigation into the allegations - although it added an investigation would be "a waste of public money".

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