I can assure you that Her Majesty’s Government is committed to ensuring that there is greater transparency in government procurement. All new contracts and tender documents for contracts worth over £10,000 are published online on the Contracts Finder website. Items of government spending over £25,000 are also published online and are accessible at the following address: https://data.gov.uk
I know that my ministerial colleagues are working to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have greater opportunity to access public sector contracts. All government departments are required to publish a list of actions that will help to increase business with SMEs in the future.
I can also assure you that the contracts given to companies helping to tackle the coronavirus outbreak have been awarded fairly and in full compliance with the law. Regulation 32 of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 allows contracts to be awarded directly without prior notification.