Sustainable Development

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Alasdair McDonnell Alasdair McDonnell Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures his Department has implemented to ensure that all public expenditure through the public procurement process reflects the Government's commitment to the sustainability agenda.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Northern Ireland Procurement Policy applies to all Government Departments, their Agencies, non-departmental public bodies and public corporations. The policy allows for the inclusion, as appropriate, of sustainable development goals within the procurement process.

Central Procurement Directorate, Department of Finance and Personnel, with the approval of the Procurement Board, has issued guidance on actions that can be taken, under national and European procurement rules and procurement policy, in order to encourage and support the integration and achievement of these goals and is working with suppliers to promote the availability of sustainable products and services.

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