Defence: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th June 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the repercussions are for contracts that do not fulfil social value requirements under the terms of the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The implementation of the Social Value Model has been designed to fit within our existing government procurement processes. If tenderers do not demonstrate proposals to deliver specific additional Social Value benefits within their tender, as set out in the tender documentation, then they will receive a score of zero for the Social Value Model element of the tender evaluation.

Once a contract has been awarded, Social Value Model obligations are managed in the same way as any other contractual obligation through the Ministry of Defence contract management process. The exact detail will vary for different contracts but, where payment is linked to the performance of Social Value Model requirements, then non-performance will result in payments being withheld.

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