Infrastructure: Iron and Steel

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 23 February 2016.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what incentives are in place to encourage major infrastructure projects to use steel manufactured in the UK.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Holding answer received on 22 February 2016

The Government is committed to addressing any barriers that prevent UK steel suppliers from competing effectively for public sector contracts.

The Government adopted new rules on public procurement last year to offer greater flexibility around social and economic considerations, alongside best value for money, in Government procurement activities.

In line with this, all departments are required to implement new guidelines, which we published on 30 October, on how government buyers should source steel for major projects so that the true value of UK steel is taken into account in major procurement decisions.

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