To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.
The Department undertakes all procurement activity in line with the principles of equal treatment, transparency and non-discrimination as well as Government best practice and policy.
The Department does not set standard weightings in its procurement procedures, for location of the company and its work force, the extent to which a company has a strong environmental record and whether the company is a social enterprise. Weightings may be given for these areas dependent upon the individual procurement and requirement.
In line with Cabinet Office policy (Procurement Policy Note 9/12), the Department will take into consideration the performance of suppliers.