The government has revealed that its procurement arm, the Office of Government Commerce will be swallowed up by the Cabinet Office as part of its efficiency drive

This will include the transfer of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC)’s Buying Solutions subsidiary, which controls a number of major public sector frameworks.

It is not yet clear whether frameworks will be affected, but a Whitehall source said the move would herald changes to the way consultants are managed by the government.

In June last year, the OGC announced that 12 consultants had won a place on its Buying Solutions framework. The consultants are: Bovis Lend Lease, Capita Symonds, Drivers Jonas, EC Harris, Faithful + Gould, Gardiner & Theobald, Jacobs, Mace, Mott MacDonald, Pick Everard, Rider Levett Bucknall and Turner & Townsend.