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Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons a full tendering process is undertaken for the setting up of community legal advice networks.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

As public bodies the Legal Services Commission (LSC) and any local authority partners are required to act in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 when awarding relevant contracts for public services such as a Community Legal Advice Network. These regulations incorporate European Union (EU) procurement law into UK practice, to ensure a consistent regime for the award of public contracts throughout the EU.

Moreover, the tendering process allows the LSC to secure excellent access, high quality and the best possible value for money.

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