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Government Departments: Iron and Steel

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 23748, tabled on 22 January 2016

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect that changes to procurement rules for Government contracts announced on 30 October 2015 are having on (a) the UK steel industry and (b) the contracts to British steelmakers have been awarded.

Answered on

28 January 2016

We are monitoring take up of the new steel procurement instructions and departments will be required to report back on how they have applied them to their major projects involving steel.

We will also carry out spot check investigations on a sample of projects through our Mystery Shopper service. This will give an indication of how the changes have impactedon both the UK steel industry and the number of contracts awarded to British steelmakers.

The UK steel industry supports this approach.

Answered by

Cabinet Office