As has been
coming to light over recent months, Gordon Brown has been hiding a lot of the
government spending off the books, hiding it in PFI agreements that have not been fully
reported to parliament and are not configured in the governments P&L sheet.
government announced that the Fire Service was to upgrade its systems it would
have been reasonable to assume that any purchases would be conducted via the
OGC system in the normal manner, using the purchasing power to ensure that the
best value for money was obtained.
According to the Communities
and Local Government website
a Limited Company was set up to do the purchasing, Firebuy Ltd.
tells us that Firebuy Ltd was established on 20/09/2005, but the C&LG website
tells us that Firebuy Ltd was established 30 March 2006 as a non-departmental
public body (NDPB) to procure equipment nationally for the Fire and Rescue
Service (FRS), and that the new Managing Director is Terry
Brewer, on a salary of £100,000.
Terry Brewer has
been the interim CEO of Firebuy Ltd since its creation in March 2006 and was
responsible for the initial work on the national procurement strategy that led to
the creation of Firebuy Ltd.
Terry was also
head of procurement for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
(LFEPA) responsible for a purchasing budget of over £20million. He was
responsible for successfully project managing and implementation of the
Authority’s public finance initiative (PFI) vehicles and equipment project which
went live in 2001.
Is it normal that
non-departmental public bodies are Limited companies?
Is such a limited
company subject to the normal tax regimes that all other limited companies are
Who are the shareholders and other
directors of Firebuy Ltd, and what responsibilities do they have as directors
of a limited company.?
How many other ‘Limited
Companies’ does the government own.?
companies subject to the Freedom of Information Act, or would they be commercial
How does the
Treasury account for the expenditure?
A case of creative accounting? Just sounds fishy
Destroying Britain from the inside out.