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Departmental Responsibilities

Attorney-General written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Attorney-General what steps his Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its public bodies; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier The Solicitor-General

The Law Officers’ Departments are required to follow EU procurement rules and Government procurement guidance to ensure best value for money. Government procurement best practice encourages small and medium sized enterprises to tender for procurement opportunities and recognises the importance of environmental, social and economic concerns.

In line with Government procurement policy the Law Officers' Departments normally use pre-tendered pan-government contracts wherever possible for the supply of services. Such contracts will have been awarded following an open competition process led by either the Government Procurement Service (formally the Office of Government Commerce-Buying Solutions) or another Government Department or public sector body.

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