Departmental Contracts

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will issue guidance on her Department's policy on the relocation offshore of departmental jobs to companies bidding for contracts let by her Department.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (the South West), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the South West), Department for Work and Pensions, Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

DWP does not have plans to relocate any of its departmental jobs offshore.

Bidders for departmental contracts may occasionally offer to move elements of their proposed delivery solutions offshore for value for money reasons. Any such proposals would be properly considered, on their individual merits, taking data security, our obligations to Public Contracts Regulations (2006), EU Procurement Directives and the WTO Government Procurement Agreements and best overall value to the UK taxpayer into account.

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