About a third of government contracts for the provision of legal services have been awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in the past five years, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Mr. Heng said this in a written response Monday (May 10) to a question from Workers Party (WP) MP Leon Perera on the extent of the government’s engagement with these companies on legal issues such as litigation, negotiations and contract reviews .
Small and medium-sized enterprises are defined as those with no more than 30 lawyers.
Responding to the second part of Mr. Perera’s question on the processes in place to ensure due consideration for small and medium-sized law firms, Mr. Heng, who is also Minister of Finance, noted that the agencies government purchases “in accordance with transparency, open and fair competition and value for money”.
“Contracts are awarded to suppliers who are best able to meet agency requirements, for example if they have the specific expertise required, while ensuring profitability. The supplier selection requirements and criteria are specified from the outset in each tender or request for quotation, ”he said.