Public Sector: Procurement
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend, Labour)
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will give consideration to requiring companies bidding for public sector contracts to comply with specified (a) social, (b) environmental and (c) ethical criteria; and if he will make a statement.
Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office; Horsham, Conservative)
Social, environmental and ethical criteria can be taken into account during the procurement process where they are non-discriminatory, represent value for money, and the factors in question are relevant to the subject matter of the contract.