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Whitehall not permitted access to two thirds of outsourcing contracts – report

National Audit Office finds just 31% of public contracts by private firms are being properly scrutinised by government amid calls for more ‘open-book accounting’

More than two thirds of contracts held by outsourcing firms are not being scrutinised properly by the government, the public spending watchdog has found.

The National Audit Office examined £35bn worth of public contracts held by private firms and found that just 31% allowed profit margins to be scrutinised by Whitehall.

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