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Construction industry to save £250m a year

Business Minister Mark Prisk has launched a new, simpler way of pre-qualifying for construction contracts which the National Specialist Contractors Council estimates could save the industry £250m annually.


Under the current system, businesses potentially have to answer a different set of questions every time they bid for new government contracts. From now on, however, a standard prequalification questionnaire – PAS 91 – will be available as a free download, which Prisk claims will streamline the process, saving both time and money for construction firms.

[quote top=Business Minister Mark Prisk commented:]Ensuring that public sector procurement practices are not wasteful has always been important but the current economic climate brings that into even sharper focus.


Over the next decade the new PAS 91 could save the construction industry billions of pounds. This is a good example of how government can work with key suppliers to develop an approach which meets the needs of both the public sector clients and the private sector suppliers.[/quote]

The news was welcomed in the industry, with Bill Wright, managing director of W. Wright Electrical Ltd, saying: "As a contractor who regularly fills out these questionnaires, I fully support the publication of PAS 91 and I am pleased to see that it is gaining wide support across the industry. What matters now is that clients and major contractors adopt, or even when they need more information, build upon this important document. This will help to minimise costly and unnecessary paperwork and place the focus where it should be - on assessing contractor's capabilities."