Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what weighting his Department's procurement procedures give to (a) the location of a company and its workforce, (b) the extent to which a company has a strong environmental record, (c) whether the company is a social enterprise and (d) other company history prior performance.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department of Energy and Climate Change, when evaluating contracts, places weightings for environmental factors and social factors on a case-by-case basis depending on the requirements listed in the specification of that procurement.

(a) The location of a company and its workforce is not taken into account, provided the distance does not impact on the results of the contract, usually this can be accommodated by a supplier having an outlet or office within the UK.

(b) The criteria applied in connection with environmental factors will depend on the circumstances and specific procurement requirements. The Department requires contractors to have regard for the environmental impact of delivering goods and services. There is also a general requirement for suppliers to provide information related to the environmental impact and evidence of their compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

(c) The Department is making it easier for all types of organisations to bid for work including social enterprises through early market engagement, the use of Lean Standard Operating procedures and increasingly the use of the Open procedure. For work with a value under the European Threshold, Contract Finder is used to advertise work which also enables Social Enterprises to apply.

(d) The Department does require references when advertising a contract opportunity, which will take into account past performance. The purpose of this is to ensure the company is capable of completing the work proposed in the specification.

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