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Army: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 7925, tabled on 24 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department uses to measure social value in relation to army procurement.

Answered on

1 June 2022

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has implemented the Cabinet Office Social Value Model for its competitive procurements in accordance with Public Procurement Notice (PPN) 06/20 ‘taking account of social value in the award of central government contracts’. The Land Industrial Strategy acknowledges that many of the themes and outcomes identified in the Social Value Model will be highly relevant as we seek to foster an innovative, globally competitive and highly skilled land sector in the UK.

To ensure that the taxpayer receives greater value from procurement decisions, the MOD Delivery Teams must ensure that the Model Award Criterion, identified within the Cabinet Office Social Value Model are relevant and proportionate to the procurement undertaken. Furthermore, MOD Delivery Teams activity conduct market engagement analysis to further ensure greater value for money is achieved.

The MOD Delivery Teams also have the ability to determine the appropriate weightings across the priority Social Value themes for larger procurement programmes and can use a weighting in excess of 10%, if deemed appropriate.

Social Value is measured by use of standard reporting metrics set out in the Cabinet Office Social Value Model and Contractor proposed metrics.