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Public procurement localisation
On 21 July 2014, the British government unveiled its 'Plan for Public Procurement' for food and drink. The document itself contains no explicit references to local preference or import substitution, although it does contain language such as 'This new framework will help British farmers create more jobs and invest in more sustainable practices', 'British products are known throughout the world for their quality and integrity - we want schools, hospitals and all public sector organisations to be able to enjoy them' and 'The Plan embraces wider work to support the UK food and farming sector'.
Moreover, on the day the Plan was presented, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that from 2017 onwards, the English public sector will be committed to procuring locally sourced food, potentially substituting over Ł200 million (USD 320 million) worth of imports, stating that 'all food that can be bought locally will be bought locally'.
In that light, the GTA assesses the Plan for Public Procurement as potentially discriminating against foreign commercial interests.
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