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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Home Department written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Chris White Chris White Conservative, Warwick and Leamington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office has in place a Commercial Policies and Procedures manual that is applicable to the Home Office and its agencies. The manual includes mandatory guidance on building Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into procurement procedures and the resulting contracts in line with government procurement policy.

In support, the Department's Service Terms and Conditions reflect CSR requirements and these are kept under review to reflect the latest thinking. The Home Office also invites its top suppliers to complete a self-assessment tool on their CSR practices. The response rate to the latest questionnaire was 80%.

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