A full transcript of the speech can be found on the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/fire-ministers-speech-to-reform.
In his speech the Minister talks about a basket of goods exercise that was undertaken in 2016 and the wide variation of prices paid for similar equipment (details of which can be found within the following link) – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-and-rescue-authority-procurement-data)
The Minister went on to say;
“I’m pleased from what I have seen over the past few months that the sector has started to respond to these findings and to make changes to procurement practices as a result – through the Chief Fire Officers’ Association’s new commercial strategy.
But I want every service to be involved in this. It is in everybody’s interest for the sector to be getting the best deal they can. I want every service to be taking a long hard look at their procurement practices and questioning whether they could be much more strategic. And I challenge the sector to give me a quantifiable ambition as to what savings are possible”.