UK: Second amendment to public procurement rules on use of British steel

Measure #13106 | Published 22 Dec 2016 ▲


 On 12 December 2016, the UK government published the procurement policy note 11/16 amending its procurement rules on using British steel (cf. Related Measures). Following an update in April 2016 (cf. Related Measures), this procurement increases the scope of public sector eligible for preferring British steel.
According to the policy note, "The guidance has now been revised to make it more suitable for wider public sector use, and additional improvements or clarifications have also been made to the guidance as a result of reviewing its application since it was issued last year."
The policy note also for the first time provides examples of public sector areas eligible for the procurement preference:

  • "Infrastructure – such as rail and roads
  • Construction – such as the building of and or refurbishment of prisons, hospitals,
    universities, housing, community centres, bridges and schools
  • Flood defences
  • Defence related projects (ensuring consistency with the Defence and Security
    Public Contracts Regulations 2011 as appropriate)
  • Medical equipment
  • Energy related projects – e.g. new nuclear technology".

Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:

Question Result
Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?
Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?
Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?
Was such evidence identified?
Is such evidence publicly available?
Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?
Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?
Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?
Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?

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Date Discovered:

Implemented: Yes

Date of inception: 12 Dec 2016

GTA Evaluation: Amber

Government Response:

Glossary of trade terms