Is Gordon Brown keeps government purchasing off the books

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.

When the
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.

Companies House
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
subjected to.?

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.?

Are these
companies subject to the Freedom of Information Act, or would they be commercial
interest exemptions?

How does the
Treasury account for the expenditure?

A case of creative accounting? Just sounds fishy
to me


NuLab –
from the inside out.



About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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0 Responses to Is Gordon Brown keeps government purchasing off the books

  1. Anonymous says:

    you should be able to get the names of the directors and share holders from Companies House for a small fee.
    I await the result with anticipation…