Home Department 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 the Home Department what weighting her 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 James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Department's procurement procedures require every procurement activity to have a fair and transparent procurement strategy that sets out the procurement criteria to be used. The procurement criteria must be set out in an evaluation matrix which should include weightings for scores where necessary. Every element of the procurement criteria, including any weighting, if appropriate, must be justifiable by the specific characteristics of the particular procurement activity and be defensible in the event of a legal challenge.

Consequently, the extent to which Home Office can take into account factors such as the location of a company and its work force, a company's strong environmental records, whether the company is a social enterprise and the company's prior performance history will depend on the particular circumstances of individual procurement activity.

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